Next year’s catcher Chad Dotson 09/13/2008 13 John Fay endorses Ryan Hanigan, and talks to GM Walt Jocketty about the problem. Share this:TweetPocket 13 Responses Dunner was cool 09/13/2008 i like him but like walt said see whats available first Chris 09/13/2008 59 plate appearances. Kurt Frost 09/13/2008 59 plate appearances I assume you are trying to make some kind of point? Kurt Frost 09/13/2008 These are the free agent catchers: Brad Ausmus (40) Paul Bako (37) Rod Barajas (33) – $2.5MM club option for ’09 with a $0.5MM buyout Michael Barrett (32) Henry Blanco (37) – $3MM mutual option for ’09 with a $0.3MM buyout Johnny Estrada (33) Toby Hall (33) – $2.25MM club option for ’09 with a $0.15MM buyout Jason LaRue (35) Paul Lo Duca (37) Miguel Olivo (30) – $2.7MM mutual option for ’09 with a $0.1MM buyout Mike Redmond (38) – $0.95MM club option for ’09 with a $0.1MM buyout Ivan Rodriguez (37) David Ross (32) Javier Valentin (33) Jason Varitek (37) Gregg Zaun (38) Kurt Frost 09/13/2008 I would rather the Reds give Hanigan a shot instead of signing any of those retreads. John of Muncie 09/13/2008 Watch Dusty and Walt go after Barrett based on 2004-2006. Kevin 09/14/2008 Watch Dusty and Walt resign Bako based on his game-calling super-powers. Tom 09/14/2008 I keep hoping they might see if they can match up with either Seattle, Texas, or Cleveland for one of Jeff Clement, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, or Kelly Shoppach. Those teams have Benji Johjima, Gerald Laird, and Victor Martinez blocking them from full time duty. Think maybe one of the young arms and a young catcher would get it done. Maybe something like Bailey and Mesaraco. Phill 09/14/2008 I have a feeling Seattle wouldn’t want to trade Clement. Kenji Johjima has been pretty awful since they gave him the extension. Kevin 09/14/2008 I’m in agreement that they should be looking for a catcher in the trade market. If Clement’s out of the question, then I hope it’s Shoppach because I really don’t want to have to type or say that other guy’s name all season next year. Dan 09/14/2008 That list of free agent catchers illustrates a point I like to harp on — notice that EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM is over 30. When you sign a free agent, you are likely overpaying for the decline portion of a guy’s career. Free agency signings, I think, are for teams that are ready to compete NOW and have only a hole or two to fill. For a team like the Reds who aren’t going to be any good for a while, we want young guys — they’re underpaid, and they’re still improving. NickP 09/14/2008 Clement is hurt. He’s probably done as a catcher. Tom 09/14/2008 I was able to find that Clement had knee surgery on Sept. 9th and is expected to be fully ready for spring training next Feb., no mention of him not being able to catch any longer. Please share if you have further info. I also see that they have another catcher, Adam Moore, at AA who put up a .902 OPS who they are also very high on. Looks interesting.