The San Francisco Giants have reportedly claimed another catcher off the waiver wire yesterday. This time, it was Tom Murphy, formerly of the Colorado Rockies.
Also last week, the Giants traded for Connor Joe from the Cincinnati Reds, and much was made of his versatility. Guess what position he can play in an emergency? You guessed it. Catcher.
Pablo Sandoval, who has played all over the diamond in his career, is also a former catcher.
Despite all this, the Giants have a potential Hall of Fame catcher returning to health and the middle of their lineup in Buster Posey. They have arguably the best young prospect in baseball in Joey Bart, who is a catcher. And they also have a young, up and coming catcher in Aramis Garcia who is on the 40 man roster.
None of that stopped the Giants from signing Stephen Vogt to a minor league deal and discussing a deal to have him start in the minor leagues.
Or signing Cameron Rupp at the beginning of the off-season, who they eventually traded to the Detroit Tigers for cash considerations. It is possible that they will ask cash considerations to switch positions to catcher, but I cannot confirm that.
Catcher is a vitally important position in baseball, and it is clear that the new president of baseball operations, Farhan Zaidi, is looking to upgrade the position.
The Giants could have just re-signed Willie Mac Award winner Nick Hundley and done nothing this off-season, but what fun would that be?
Will the Giants add another catcher before March 28th? Of course they will, if recent history has anything to say about it.