For the Blue Jays, an upgrade at catcher should be on trade deadline priority list: 3 targets

With the combination of Alejandro Kirk's offensive struggles and Danny Jansen always being prone to injury, the Blue Jays would do well to trade for a quality catcher ahead of this year's Aug. 1 deadline.
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Why there is no clear first choice

However, there are a couple of reasons the 2013 draft pick has not taken over as the Blue Jays' full-time catcher. The first relates to his ongoing durability issues since making his Major League debut in 2018.

Jansen has contended with a variety of issues during this time, including a hamstring strain, an oblique injury and a finger fracture. This season has seen him suffer a groin strain, and he is currently day-to-day with a left forearm contusion.

The other factor compromising the 28-year-old, is his play behind the plate. Simply put, Kirk has been the better defender so far in 2023.

The Mexico native has seen a welcome improvement from last year and developed into a fine catcher. Blue Jays pitchers have a lower overall ERA with him compared to Jansen, he is better at framing pitches compared to his teammate (+3 to +1) and is second among all Major League catchers with 10 Defensive Runs Saved.

With all this taken into consideration, it makes sense why the Blue Jays should be on the lookout for some quality catcher depth. Of course, this leads to the question of who they should target?

The Blue Jays' main target

The main catcher who comes to mind is Elias Díaz, who is enjoying arguably the best offensive campaign of his nine-year Major League career. He is currently on course to easily set single-season bests for hits and RBI, as well as walks.

Díaz is renowned for his excellent play behind the plate, calls a good game and offers invaluable veteran leadership. This year he was named an All-Star for the first time and was subsequently voted the game's Most Valuable Player.

In terms of his contract, the 32-year-old is in the second of a three-year deal worth $14.5 million US. He is definitely worth consideration, especially with the Rockies at the bottom of the NL standings.

However, you imagine interest in Díaz will be high, resulting in fierce competition for his services. As such, the Blue Jays will understandably have to consider other players.