2013 MLB Trade Deadline: 5 Catchers Who Should Be Sought After
5 Catchers Your Team Should Trade For
The 2013 MLB trade deadline is quickly approaching and catchers may be on the list of many teams looking to take that step from pretender to contender. Catchers are some of the hottest commodities in baseball, and it's extremely rare to see a catcher be traded at the deadline -- even a backup catcher for that matter.
However, there are many teams looking to rebuild from the bottom up, and those same teams have catchers who may be under-performing or are worth far too much to not trade them.
Every team needs a solid catcher to start the formation of a good team. These days, it's hard to find one that delivers in every single category. Home runs are somewhat commonplace for backstops, but average is always a toss-up .
Hitting home runs and driving in runs is good and all, but if he can't get on base, then what's the point of putting him in the lineup?
There are contenders without a contributing catcher and that may be the one thing they need for a strong World Series run. Some catchers are just not meeting expectations and teams looking to rebuild would likely take some solid minor league prospects for an already proven catcher.
I have compiled a list of five catchers that teams should target by the trade deadline. By no means are any of these catchers on the trading block, but the asking price and the possible availability of each of them should be relatively high considering their teams are no longer contenders -- or they're not needed by their contending teams.
Take a look at the list and tell me what you think.
Jason Castro, Houston Astros
Jason Castro has progressed in each of his three seasons in MLB. The 26-year-old Houston Astros catcher needs to improve his contact, but his power and production have been increasing steadily. He's hitting .261 with 12 homers and 35 RBIs. Any team looking for a young catcher with some serious potential should surely come calling.
Brian McCann, Atlanta Braves
Sure, the Atlanta Braves are serious contenders this season, but they could get some solid pieces for Brian McCann especially since Evan Gattis, although injured, has proven himself as an everyday catcher. Tim Hudson went down with a gruesome injury the other day and maybe pitching should be on the agenda. For now, they can afford to put the .284 hitter with 13 home runs and 35 RBIs on the trading block. He will surely be sought after heavily.
Jonathan Lucroy, Milwaukee Brewers
There's no doubt the that Milwaukee Brewers are out of contention for the 2013 season barring some sort of miracle, so why not trade away a key piece that could garner a ton of attention? Jonathan Lucroy, 27, is one of the best young catchers in baseball and would likely help the Brew crew attain some solid pieces for the future. He's hitting .287 with 15 homers and 57 RBIs.
Dioner Navarro, Chicago Cubs
While Dioner Navarro is having his best season as professional and it could be a fluke, the 29-year-old could be a solid backup for any contender. Who wouldn't want a backup catcher that's hitting .281 with nine home runs and 20 RBIs?
Ryan Doumit, Minnesota Twins
Although Ryan Doumit isn't getting younger at the age of 32, he's the perfect trade bait for any team looking for a power hitting catcher. He has the potential to hit near .300 with 10-plus home runs and 70-plus RBIs, so why not go after him? Plus, the Minnesota Twins don't need him, so the asking price may be low.