It was reported on Dec. 7 that the Minnesota Twins have contacted John Buck‘s agent with the possibility of signing him for the 2014 season. While Buck wouldn’t be a fantastic pickup for the Twins (who already lost out on higher caliber free agent catchers such as Jarrod Saltalamacchia), he definitely wouldn’t be a bad choice either.
Buck is one of the better catchers still available on the free agent market, but there are slim pickings for the Twins, who are looking to find depth in the catcher position after the decision to move Joe Mauer to first base in 2014.
With potential in Josmil Pinto, who gained some experience and showed promise behind the plate in his 2013 rookie season, the Twins should be looking for a catcher with veteran experience who could easily step in to give Pinto a rest.
While it’s uncertain how interested the Twins are in signing the 33 year old, Buck would be a good complement to the youthful Pinto, and he probably wouldn’t break the bank either.
Buck isn’t the type of superstar pick up that would turn the program around, but his consistency would be a welcome addition to a Twins team currently lacking in that category. Over his 10 years in the MLB, Buck has maintained an average in the middle .200s nearly every season and has demonstrated decent power. Buck was also a member of the 2010 American League All-Star team, and proved his dependability behind the plate when he registered an MLB high 1008 putouts in 2011.
As Pinto will probably log the majority of innings behind the plate, Buck would make a solid safety net for Minnesota and could also be utilized as a DH if necessary. Buck’s experience would also contribute to the veteran core the Twins have already started to develop by picking up Ricky Nolasco and Phil Hughes.
Caroline Ponessa is a Minnesota Twins writer for RantSports.com. Follow her on Twitter @RantCaroline