Toronto Blue Jays: Latest 2020-21 Offseason Predictions
By Reuben Gasee
Blue Jays sign a veteran catcher
The Blue Jays have immense catching depth in their organization. At the big league level, they employ Danny Jansen, Reese McGuire and Alejandro Kirk behind the dish. In the minors, they have prospects Gabriel Moreno and Riley Adams who were added to the 40 man roster just recently to prevent them from being exposed in the Rule 5 draft.
Even with all those guys, the Jays will bring in another catcher by signing a veteran who has experience catching major league games.
They did so last offseason when they signed Caleb Joseph to a minor league deal. While roster rules may be different this coming season, Joseph travelled with the team all season and was huge in building chemistry amongst the players. For an example of this, look no further to when he gave his speech after the Blue Jays clinched a playoff spot.
The reason why they’ll bring in a veteran catcher though is to help the development of Jansen, McGuire and Kirk. All three of those guys are young with minimal catching experience at the major league level.
By a veteran catcher, they won’t be bringing in the top one on the market in J.T. Realmuto, but they’ll sign one who they can use at the AAA level and call up in case of injuries.
Maybe a reunion with Joseph could be the cards, but other guys like Sandy Leon, Austin Romine or Matt Wieters could be a handful of guys that could be options as well.