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Blue Jays: Consider trading a catcher to one of these three teams this winter

Feb 19, 2018; Dunedin, FL, USA;Toronto Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins looks on at Bobby Mattick Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 19, 2018; Dunedin, FL, USA;Toronto Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins looks on at Bobby Mattick Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /
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SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 14: Evan Longoria #10 of the San Francisco Giants reacts after losing to the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-1 in game 5 of the National League Division Series at Oracle Park on October 14, 2021 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /

San Francisco Giants

The San Francisco Giants were one of the biggest surprises this year, winning 107 games on the season and taking the NL West from the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres.

Backed by a pretty potent lineup that was only enhanced by the deadline acquisition of Kris Bryant, the Giants also had great seasons from the pitching corps in both the rotation and the bullpen, which led them to the playoffs although they had an early exit in the NLDS at the hands of the Dodgers.

Moving forward, the recent announcement that Buster Posey will be retiring is a bit shocking but does put the club in a bit of an awkward position.

The most experienced catcher on the roster is Curt Casali, an eight-year veteran who has been used mostly in a bench role with just 405 games under his belt through that time. The Giants do boast a top catching prospect in Joey Bart, who will undoubtedly be handed the reigns as the club’s starting backstop in the near future, but he has struggled since making his debut in 2020, appearing in only two games this past year while bouncing between AAA and the big leagues. If the club is looking for a potential upgrade over Casali while also splitting time beside Bart on the Major League roster, look no further than the Toronto Blue Jays.

Kirk and Jansen may not fit the bill because of Bart being in the picture but McGuire could be a solid option that would come at a relatively cheap price compared to others on the market. With McGuire, the Giants get a player who boasts pretty good defensive numbers behind the plate and a catcher who can throw at runners out at a 30% clip while also providing some hitting ability from the left side of the plate (ignoring the 2020 campaign if possible).

Having McGuire split time with Bart could provide some more benefit than Casali but the club could look to keep the two together moving forward. The option is there but I would not put this at the highest possibility of happening compared to other options listed below.

In return, the Blue Jays could look to acquire a pitching prospect who is most likely not on top 30 prospect list or international bonus pool money, which is always something good to have in the back pocket.

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