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The Catcher Fiasco

Let’s briefly go over the facts, first. Chris Iannetta is still nursing his wrist injury, and may not return until the All-Star break. Bobby Wilson has assumed starting catcher duties in the meantime, and is doing a rather Mathis-esque impression. John Hester, after being called up from AAA, is an offensive upgrade from Wilson for sure, but his defensive capabilities—most notably throwing down to second—are shoddy. And Hank Conger sits in AAA while all of this happens.

So what do we do once Iannetta comes back? Sentiment amongst the fans, it appears, is that Hester should stay. I’d have to agree; his offensive value is much greater than that of Wilson, and his defense can be improved upon as a backup catcher. However, Sosh has tried the three-catcher route before, and it wouldn’t seem fruitful to keep Wilson AND Hester, especially if it meant someone ELSE going to AAA just so we can hang on to both.

Hence, my proposal. We cannot trade Bobby Wilson. Not due to salary or anything related to that, but his lackluster skill-set makes him something of an albatross to move, short of him being a small piece in a blockbuster deal. And since there aren’t any blockbusters on the horizon (and I doubt Dipoto would trade catching depth for any pitcher he likes out there), that leaves one choice: DFA BOBBY WILSON. It’ll be hard for Sosh to wave goodbye to a fellow hefty, subpar catcher, but Dipoto’s shown the ability to cast sentiment aside in doing what’s best for the club (i.e. DFAing Rich Thompson, firing Mickey Hatcher). I sense no different methodology here.

There are a few clubs that will bite on a backup catcher that can come in for a double-switch, so I bet a National League team would snatch him from the waiver wire relatively quickly, mainly for use as a defensive replacement. With that, Conger could stay starting at AAA, unless no team bites on Wilson, in which case he’d either go back to AAA or be released. Iannetta could return as the starting catcher and resume those duties full-time, with an offensively capable, somewhat defensively competent backup in Hester to spell him every once in a while. Hester could also catch action DHing on days that Morales or Trumbo don’t play. Oh, JeDi, I hope you’re reading. I don’t want to waste postage again.

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