Colorado Rockies: A look at three backup catchers on the free agent market
The Colorado Rockies head into the offseason needing to find some depth pieces for their roster and one of those depth pieces is a backup catcher.
Entering the 2020 season, the Colorado Rockies, by and large, have most of their starting position players figured out. Behind the plate, that is not an exception as the Rockies will have Tony Wolters penciled in as the starting catcher.
However, one of their major weaknesses in the past five years or so (perhaps even more) has been the quality of their secondary talent. One of the areas that the Rockies will need some depth is catcher. The Rockies do have Dom Nunez, who made his major league debut this year, but it remains to be seen whether or not the Rockies want a young catcher as a backup to Wolters or a more veteran presence.
If they do decide to go the veteran route, here are a few of the names that will be on the free agent market for backup catchers.
After spending the entire season either on then-named disabled list or rehabbing from shoulder surgery in 2018, Stephen Vogt signed with the San Francisco Giants last season as the backup to Giants starting catcher Buster Posey.
His strength was offense as he hit .263 with a .804 OPS and a 111 OPS+. He also is versatile, particularly for a catcher, as he has more than 500 career innings played at first base and more than 160 career innings split between the corner outfield spots.
Defensively in 2019, behind the plate he had -5 fDRS and a -4.0 FRM so he was not above average in either category.
He was on a minor league deal in 2019 but considering his season and past salaries, he should be in the ballpark of $3-$4 million range for a one year deal.