As the Toronto Blue Jays explore the free-agent market, many teams across the majors have continued to express interest in the club’s surplus of catchers, including Danny Jansen, Alejandro Kirk and Gabriel Moreno.
While the list of potential suitors shortened on Wednesday as the St. Louis Cardinals inked free agent catcher Willson Contreras to a five-year, $87.5 million contract, there are still a few franchises searching for catching help this winter. At the moment, that includes teams like the Arizona Diamondbacks, Minnesota Twins and Cleveland Guardians, according to one source.
The Blue Jays have previously fielded offers from all three clubs, although the severity of those discussions remains unclear. But with Contreras now off the market, talks could soon pick up again on the trade front.
Toronto’s rich catching depth is one of its most intriguing trade chips, and while the front office doesn’t have to trade from that strength, there would be an obvious advantage to utilizing it to address other needs. The franchise won’t be forced into making a trade just because other teams inquire about their catchers, though.
It is, however, like a game of musical chairs with only a few potential opportunities and other quality candidates like Oakland’s Sean Murphy and free agent Christian Vázquez available. The tough part is forecasting who’ll end up where.
Jansen is under team control through 2024, with Kirk under through 2026 and Moreno under through 2028.