Since his all-star campaign a few years ago and signing a nice three-year deal with the Miami Marlins, catcher John Buck has faded a little bit depending on who you ask. One thing that has not faded however is the fact that he is a quality catcher who has the ability to be a MLB backstop everyday if the need arises. He has shown the ability also to hit with some run production and pop from time to time as well.
For those reasons alone he is a very good signing for the Seattle Mariners who have inked him to a modest deal worth $1M for a season. Mike Zunino figures to be the M’s number one catcher. In that case then Buck could easily serve as a quality backup catcher in most all respects. It is possible that Zunino might be deemed to need a little more seasoning before getting the full everyday position also. That is yet another reason this is a good move for the Mariners.
Lastly Buck has proven to be a quality teammate as well who has veteran leadership capabilities in the clubhouse. That probably is the biggest part of this deal especially with a young everyday catcher like Zunino coming along. It’s not that Buck is the greatest veteran catcher in the world or something. The very fact that he is a quality MLB catcher and has done that job for a long time makes him ideal for the Mariners right now. It’s probably one of their more good sense deals of the offseason.