Pirates searching for catching help


Peter Gammons mentioned on Twitter yesterday that the Bucs are among the teams looking for experienced catchers; Jon Heyman added this morning that they could be interested in Ramon Hernandez.

The Bucs seem to be set with Russell Martin and Michael McKenry behind the plate this season. Hernandez, who turns 37 in May and will earn $3.2 million this season, doesn’t seem like a necessary acquisition. The key word in Heyman’s tweet is “could” be interested; it was probably more of a follow-up to Gammons’ tweet, and Hernandez is an experienced catcher that is available.

The club could be looking for some minor league catching depth, although Tony Sanchez should be getting plenty of playing time for Indianapolis. A.J. Burnett and others have been pleased with Sanchez’s play this spring.

Tom Singer praised minor league catcher Carlos Paulino again on Saturday, mentioning that he could pass McKenry on the depth chart. That’s a pretty ridiculous statement considering Paulino is 23, hasn’t played above Single-A, and hasn’t hit much in the minors. Singer noted a few days ago that the Pirates like Paulino’s arm, going on to say that he could be the “top midseason callup candidate.” We don’t believe that just yet; we wrote a bit about this yesterday.

With just two weeks left in spring training, final cuts will be made around the league and the Bucs could snag a catcher off waivers or via trade. It’ll be interesting to see what other moves the Pirates make between now and Opening Day.

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