LA Angels: Top 3 Catchers Remaining in Free Agency
While the LA Angels need of starting pitchers is obvious, the team still needs to upgrade their catching position, and these three names are the best options left in free agency.
While the LA Angels best option overall may be trading for Willson Contreras from the Cubs, Billy Eppler would surely like to hold onto all the prospects he can. Instead, these three names might be the best route for the Angels as they prioritize starting pitchers on the trading block.
Arguably the best catcher left on a barren market, Jason Castro is going to find a multi-year deal somewhere. He is a left-handed bat and absolutely mashes against right-handed pitchers, but is a near zero against southpaws on the mound.
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It’s hard to view him as an everyday catcher because of his splits, but he could be a huge upgrade and at least a part-time upgrade for the Angels. If you want an entire in-depth look at Jason Castro, click here.
He is no longer an everyday catcher, but if the LA Angels are going to use a platoon, Russell Martin is an excellent part time player to target. He brings years of experience, leadership, and an all-around solid set of skills to the diamond.
He doesn’t bring as much pop at the plate as he used to, but Martin is still respectable offensively. His defense has sustained over the years, and he has years of playoff experience that could prove valuable to the Angels should they reach the postseason in 2020.
Coming off of a very successful year in Houston, Robinson Chirinos is headed towards a new team in 2020 after the Astros resigned Martin Maldonado. Chirinos is a more offensive-minded catcher, which would, in theory, give the Angels a nice platoon with him and defensive juggernaut Max Stassi.
If the Angels want their lineup to be dynamic 1-9 and simply out score opponents, Chirinos would be their best option. He’s a bit of a defensive liability, which goes against Angels philosophy, but his bat may be enough to outweigh his negative defensive production.