The Blue Jays have an embarrassment of riches when it comes to their catching talent. Which MLB teams could come calling about catching help this offseason?
It’s easy to feel good about the depth chart in Toronto these days, and it’s also widely recognized that the Jays could trade one of their three MLB calibre receivers and still be in a very strong spot. We don’t know for sure what Ross Atkins and the front office have up their sleeve as far as the catchers go, but it wouldn’t be surprising if they used that depth to strengthen their pitching staff, or even to address other areas of need on the roster.
For today I thought it would be interesting to have a quick glance at which teams might be interested in a new franchise catcher, and just as importantly, who might be in a position to match up with the Blue Jays on a trade like this. I’ll quickly go through the teams across the league by each division, starting here with the AL East, mostly because I can get it out of the way quickly.
There’s almost a zero percentage chance that the Blue Jays trade any of Alejandro Kirk, Danny Jansen, or Gabriel Moreno within their division. With the tweak to the MLB schedule in 2023 the in-division focus won’t be quite as strong, but there’s still very little incentive for the Blue Jays to trade an important piece like a starting catcher to a division rival, and other than the Red Sox I’m not sure there’d be a huge appetite for a deal anyway.
With that out of the way, let’s take a look at the rest of the teams in baseball and who might match up with the Blue Jays if they were to trade one of their high-end catchers.