Mariners Looking for a “Defensive Catcher”
It’s not news, necessarily, but Ryan Divish has some useful comments from Jack Zduriencik on what he’s looking for at catcher, after weeks of having the M’s tied to players that didn’t really make any sense for the organization.
“Right now, we’ll have Montero and Jaso catch,” Zduriencik said. “Both guys have their skill set they bring to the table. Neither guy is what you would call a defensive receiver. Both of them are offensive catchers. We’ll have our ears open certainly to see how the right type of catcher would fit. You don’t want to take away their ABs right now just for a defensive catcher. Our needs are, quite frankly, offense. But I do think we have to address a defensive possibility if it exists.”
So, basically, Jack is looking for exactly the kind of catcher we talked about a few months ago – a right-handed catch-and-throw guy who can platoon with Jaso until Zunino arrives and then be easily discarded if need be. Not a full-time catcher. Not a guy who wants multiple years. Not a guy who is a C/1B/DH type. They already have those. They don’t need another full-time catcher. They need a specific skillset – good defender who can hit lefties. Basically, they need Kelly Shoppach, or some version of Kelly Shoppach. And that’s the kind of catcher you should expect the Mariners to acquire.
Mike Napoli’s agent just used the Mariners to get more money from Boston. The Russell Martin thing was never real. That’s just not the kind of player who made sense for the Mariners. It never did, and now everyone can stop acting like catcher is some kind of big hole.