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Lots of teams are interested in John Buck

Jul 20, 2010, 12:13 PM EDT

Blue Jays All-Star catcher John Buck is drawing a lot of interest, reports Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun, with the Tigers, Red Sox, Yankees, Twins, and Phillies all scouting last night’s Royals-Jays game.  Of course, take any reports based on scouting with a grain of salt, especially when teams who are perfectly set at catcher like the Twins are mentioned.

For those who do need a catcher, Buck is a fairly attractive option. He has some punch, leading regular AL catchers not named Carlos Santana in slugging percentage this year. He’s also owed less than a million bucks for the remainder of the season and will be a free agent come winter, so there’s no expensive, long term commitments involved.  Perfect one night stand material, if you wish to put it in that creepy, creepy way.

The Tigers make sense in that they could use a catcher and a bat. Elliott also mentions the Red Sox and Reds, both of which make some amount of sense (though the Sox will be getting decent catchers back soon enough.

All of this still has me wondering why the Royals chose to pay Jason Kendall three times as much money as Buck ended up getting rather than just sticking with Buck after last season. In terms of both production and trade value, Buck is about a gajillion times better.

  1. Jonny5 - Jul 20, 2010 at 12:37 PM

    Phills were probably looking at arms. Since all of theirs apparently fell off and all….

  2. geoknows - Jul 20, 2010 at 12:42 PM

    Contrary to what everybody has heard, per Dayton Moore he did offer Buck a contract last winter, but Buck declined to sign. From some of the things he’s said this week it sounds like he felt that the Royals were underappreciative of him and that it was best he leave.

  3. CJ - Jul 20, 2010 at 1:13 PM

    I wouldn’t mind if the Phillies got a little younger at the position and improved their hitting at catcher. It’s not like it’ll happen anytime soon by developing anyone currently in their minor league system.
    Now if only they’d go get a decent (at least a #3) starting pitcher and call up Domonic Brown, Amaro might convince me he actually has a clue. Like that’ll ever happen

  4. Maxa - Jul 20, 2010 at 2:03 PM

    It isn’t clear to me why the Twins would be interested in Buck.

  5. Md23Rewls - Jul 20, 2010 at 2:13 PM

    I don’t know why the Red Sox, Yankees, or Twins would be looking at him. Boston is going to get Martinez and Varitek back at some point. The Twins are obviously set at catcher. New York would kind of sort of make sense, given that Posada is just a corpse back there, but they like Cervelli.

  6. ryanbyrne19 - Jul 20, 2010 at 2:52 PM

    probably scouting relievers .. such as Scott Downs

  7. Proudly Canadian - Jul 20, 2010 at 3:37 PM

    When Buck was asked about the newest Jay (Escobar), he said that some players just need a change, just as he needed a change last year. The Jays only signed him for 1 year as they have a prime catching prospect at Triple A. in J. P. Arencibia who has hit 28 HR’s so far at Los Vegas and is now ready for prime time making Buck trade bait. Downs, Frasor, Gregg and Overbay are not part of Toronto’s long term plans and could also be traded.

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