Los Angeles Dodgers Rumors: Will An Upgrade At Catcher Be An Offseason Priority?
The Los Angeles Dodgers haven’t been afraid of letting everyone know what they plan on doing this offseason. They have stated they want to attempt to trade for Tampa Bay Rays‘ David Price and try to sign Japanese starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka. They’ve even said they are not going to be entering the Robinson Cano sweepstakes. The catcher position is one that the Dodgers haven’t spoken much about, but does that mean they’re content with A.J. Ellis or will they eventually try to upgrade said position during this long offseason?
There are a few possible catchers who would be worth signing, but I think Ellis is good enough to keep as the starting catcher. A.J. was a Gold Glove finalist this season, so whatever he lacks offensively he makes up for with his defense. A catcher is the one position where I truly favor defense over offense.
Brian McCann and Jarrod Saltalamacchia are seemingly the top two sought after catchers this offseason. Considering Ellis is still under contract, their asking prices may be too high for the Dodgers to jump at. A.J. Pierzynski would be an offensive upgrade over Ellis, but his defense isn’t nearly as good. Out of the rest of the free agent catchers, there aren’t any that I think would help the Dodgers more than A.J. already does.
‘If it ain’t broke, then don’t fix it’ is a motto I enjoy using, and it fits the Dodgers’ catching position to a tee. Although Ellis isn’t intimidating, he does manage clutch hits when the team really needs them and his defense is enough to keep him in the lineup. Catcher is one position I feel the Dodgers have no reason to worry about because even if they are unable to upgrade it they still have enough overall talent to have a solid season.
Michael Pidgeon is a Los Angeles Dodgers writer for Rant Sports.com: “Like” him on Facebook, Follow him on Twitter @1AndOnlyPidgeon, add him to your network on Google or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org