One of the biggest things to watch for this Spring Training will be how the catching situation for the Red Sox plays out. Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said this past winter that the Red Sox are going into the season with only two catchers and will look to move one of their catchers.
“I don’t anticipate having all three on our club Opening Day.”Dave Dombrowksi on the possibility of all three catchers being on the roster
One reporter that has been reporting that the Red Sox are continuing to shop their catchers is MassLive’s Chris Cotillo. In Cotillo’s latest piece, he discusses how Dombrowski thinks it is too early to make a move and that the market for catchers still hasn’t picked up yet.
In an interview Dombrowski remarked on the state of the market:
“I would’ve even thought we would have made a move before we came to spring training, in a lot of cases,” Dombrowski said. “There are some catchers who aren’t even signed yet, who are still out there. It’s one of those were, I learned a long time ago, don’t worry about what you can’t control.”Per Chris Cotillo of MassLive
The above quote doesn’t sound like a GM that is planning on taking three catchers into the regular season. Moving a catcher has been a popular rumor throughout the course of the offseason, but the President of Baseball Operation’s did nothing to dispel that notion.
It’s still unclear on what Red Sox backstop is most likely to be traded, but if I had to guess, I would say Blake Swihart. Swihart probably has the most trade-value out of three. He was once the top catching prospect in all of baseball and was even labeled “the next Buster Posey.” In addition, the young backstop is out of options and would be unable to receive a trip to Pawtucket.
Swihart could probably be traded somewhere and be the everyday catcher. I’m a big fan of Swihart and wish he could get more playing time with the Red Sox, but it just doesn’t seem like that will happen. One thing is for certain, the Sox are actively surveying the trade market and it will be interesting to see what happens by Opening Day.