“Here, we will look for a complementary catcher, maybe, to Tony Wolters. (We’ll) see if we can figure that out.”
These are the words of Colorado general manager Jeff Bridich last week during an interview from Scottsdale, Ariz., where he was attending Major League Baseball’s GM meetings.
The Rockies can improve at catcher where Wolters played the lion’s share of games last season and responded with his best overall year yet. However, Colorado needs someone to step in and take some of the burden off Wolters without seeing a steep decline in productivity.
Dom Nunez is seemingly the future for the Rockies at catcher … but it’s clear that Colorado brass doesn’t think he’s ready yet. They’re looking for a veteran behind the dish in all likelihood … and they’re looking for someone who is going to fit their budget needs (see the previous quote).
In this article, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post tossed out Travis d’Arnaud as a possibility through the free agent market, as well as Jason Castro and Robinson Chirinos. We added Tucker Barnhart‘s name as a possibility through a trade.
A backup veteran catcher may not be the most glamorous move the Rockies can make, but it is a necessary one until Nunez proves he’s ready to perform at the Major League level for a full season.