wrveres wrote:I'd hate to lose a starting catcher like Hernandez in the middle of a pennant race, but I wonder if this puts him on the trade market? Towers and Boras are not the best of friends, and no way I see Alderson approving 40 million.
Same thing I was wondering; when do the Padres call it a lost effort? While Ojeda is terrible offensively, Fick can play catcher (albeit below average defensively) and Nevin can in emergencies. This pennant race we are in is huge due to the promises Towers made previously, but I wonder if our best interest with Hernandez includes trading him.
Resigning Giles is the bigger priority.
Without a doubt.
Besides the Padres have decent catching depth throughout the organization.
Decent low-league catchers. Kottaras is in a few top one-hundred prospect lists and is a good slugger (.294, .376, .454 in Lake Elsinore), but he couldn't be close to the big leagues, at least not yet. Michel Hernandez, the AAA catcher, has good plate discipline but very, very little power. Trading Quintero for Redding didn't help either.
I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if Kevin sent out a few "feelers" upon hearing this news. The sooner we get a new backstop in, and working with the staff, the better IMO.
I'd hate to lose Ramon, but what can you do? You do not handcuff the team financially for a catcher, that’s for sure.