Great read over on Fish Stripes about possibly trading for Chris Iannetta or Hank Conger, two potential catcher targets from the LA Angels of Anaheim.
Breaking it down, it seems that Iannetta’s offense is not enough to overlook his defensive woes. Sure, as catchers go, he has a solid bat. But you would be giving up quite a bit of pitching talent to net his services. Hank Conger has a bit more upside in both phases, but again, it seems it would take a Henderson Alvarez or Jacob Turner to get the party started.
The trade value invested in a catcher is a bit of a reach. Sure the position is a premium but in truth, you are not going to get much offense and defensively, you won’t improve over Jeff Mathis. In a guy like McCann, you get a short term answer at catcher but you drastically improve your offense, your defense will stay very strong as will your handling of a young staff, and you gain excellent leadership behind the plate. All pluses to a team in desperate need of some. Not to mention, you keep your mid-level, major league ready pitching, which you could ship off for actual offensive talent at a position that has a bit more of a saturated market – like, say, 1B or 3B.
Signing McCann would also create a terrific backup in Mathis, who would also be able to spell McCann pretty regularly as McCann has not really been able to stay above the 130 mark of late. When McCann starts to break down a bit (approaching 30 as a catcher), you slide him to 1B. You can take another spin with Logan Morrison and see if he is ready while even giving fringe prospects like Mark Canha and Joe Mahoney a look in the interim.