Blue Jays/Marlins and what it might mean for the Rangers
So we know that there is a huge deal going down between the Marlins and the Blue Jays as first reported by FOXSports.Com.
The Marlins will reportedly send shortstop Jose Reyes and starters Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle, along with catcher John Buck and utility man Emilio Bonifacio to the Blue Jays. The Marlins are reportedly receiving infielders Adeiny Hechavarria and Yunel Escobar, pitchers Henderson Alvarez, Anthony DeSclafani and Justin Nicolino, catcher Jeff Mathis and outfielder Jake Marisnick.
So what does this mean for the Rangers?
We know now that the Blue Jays have four catchers sitting on their front porch. Buck joins J.P. Arencibia, Bobby Wilson and top catching prospect Travis D’Arnaud. The Blue Jays are not going with four catchers.
We know the Rangers and the Blue Jays have discussed a trade for one of their catchers prior to this. We know the Rangers have had interest in Buck in the past. We know he is not coming off a great season and is making $6 million in 2013. Obviously the Marlins were interested in unloading his salary and Mathis is only due $1.5 million. More savings for the Marlins.
If the Rangers acquire Buck – and there are no indications anything is imminent – it won’t be for a major prospect. They got Geovany Soto for pitcher Jacob Brigham on July 30. If the Rangers do get Buck, then he and Soto would be in position to be the Rangers catching tandem.
Unless the Rangers decide to non-tender Soto and find somebody else.
Obviously the Rangers could try to acquire Arencibia. He is younger and cheaper than Buck, some power, lots of strikeouts, defense is improving.
The Rangers could also try to get D’Arnaud. And would have to give up Jurickson Profar. D’Arnaud is considered that good. Highly doubtful a deal like that goes down.
Right now there is no deal in place, at least not publicly. Hey, the Blue Jays could turn elsewhere, there are plenty of teams looking for catching.
But this is obvious.
The Blue Jays have lots of catching and the Rangers need catching.