Report: Giants ‘dig into’ catchers ahead of deadline originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
In the post-Buster Posey era, the Giants’ catchers haven’t exactly lit up the stat sheet when it comes to offensive production.
And as the August 2 trade deadline approaches, San Francisco is toying with the idea of add more listing depth behind the platereported ESPN’s Jeff Passan on Tuesday.
The Giants are “digging into catching options,” according to Passan, amid a season of uncertainty and near-average numbers from position so far this year.
Joey Bart, who entered the season as Posey’s heir apparent and the team’s presumed answer to catcher, struggled to start the year and was sent to Triple-A in June.
He returned to the major league on July 6 and hit .262/.311/.452 since, dropping his season average from .156 to .189. While the adjustments he made in Triple-A were evident at the platethe Giants would like to secure more production from the position to go along with these improvements, based on Passan’s report.
The Giants have also relied on Curt Casali and Austin Wynns, whom they acquired in a trade with the Philadelphia Phillies on the same day Bart was optioned.
Wynns is hitting .221 with the Giants and homered in 68 at bats. Casali is expected to return in early August after landing on the IL with a right slant stump, but the catcher was hitting .231/.325/.370 before his injury.
Although the Giants have two receivers among their top 20 prospects in Patrick Bailey (No. 7) and Adrian Sugastey (No. 18), the future is far off.
The Giants were mentioned by Passan while discussing potential landing spots for Willson Contreras, but they weren’t directly linked to the Chicago Cubs wide receiver.
Contreras is not only the best receiver available, but one of the best MLB players on the trade market. The three-time All-Star would be a hire on an expiring contract and is enjoying a career season with a .258/.374/.473 slash line and 14 home runs – more than Bart, Casali and Wynns combined.
Contreras would be a big plus for San Francisco, but there are also other options available for the position.
If the Athletics are willing to negotiate with their rivals across the bay, catcher Sean Murphy is likely someone Oakland is looking to move with their minor league catching depth. Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reported on Sunday that the A’s have sparked a lot of interest in Murphy but “should probably be overwhelmed” with an offer to move him.
Murphy has 11 homers for the A’s this season and is on fire in July, hitting .342 on the month. He would also provide a golden glove behind the dish and is under the team’s control until 2025, becoming eligible for arbitration for the first time this winter.
Other receivers presumed to be available at the deadline either offer less or equal amount of production than the Giants are currently seeing from the position (Austin Hedges of the Cleveland Guardians, Tucker Barnhart of the Detroit Tigers) or are on a roster. division rival (Colorado Rockies). ‘Elias Diaz).
But if Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi wants another catcher, who knows what’s up his sleeve.