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Giants could target Ivan Rodriguez after losing Buster Posey

May 26, 2011, 2:46 PM EDT

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While he’s exceeded expectations as the backup for Bengie Molina and later Buster Posey these last three years, Eli Whiteside is no one’s idea of a full-time catcher.  That means the Giants are likely going to have to look elsewhere after losing Posey for the season.  They may first turn their eyes to D.C.

Getting phased out by youngster Wilson Ramos, the Nationals’ Ivan Rodriguez is believed to be very much available in trade talks.  He’s not much of an offensive contributor these days — he’s batting just .205/.256/.342 with two homers in 73 at-bats this year — but even at age 39, he still has a gun behind the plate and the stamina to play pretty regularly.  If the Giants don’t at least touch base with the Nationals before the end of the week, it will be a shock.

Some other possibilities:

Ryan Doumit (Pirates) – Doumit is no Posey, but he’d do a better job of filling the offensive void than Pudge would.  He’s hit .272/.337/.446 with four homers in 92 at-bats while splitting time with Chris Snyder for the Pirates this season.  Unfortunately, he’s a weak defender with durability issues.

Bengie Molina (free agent) – Molina didn’t seem to have a whole left last year.  He posted a .644 OPS in 202 at-bats with the Giants and then a .599 OPS in 175 at-bats following the move to the Rangers.  He’s also awfully immobile behind the plate.  On the other hand, he has one big plus over the alternatives: he knows most of the team’s pitchers.  If he’s willing to take a minor league contract and play himself into shape, the Giants might as well give him a look.

Kelly Shoppach (Rays) – A big offensive disappointment since being acquired prior to 2010, Shoppach is hitting just .167/.247/.250 in 72 at-bats this year.  The Rays are far from sellers, but they might jump at the chance to move Shoppach’s salary, figuring that Jose Lobaton could give them more production as John Jaso‘s platoon partner.

George Kottaras (Brewers) – Milwaukee’s backup last season, Kottaras is currently in Triple-A and hitting .271/.358/.373 in 59 at-bats.  He’s made a lot of progress defensively, though he’s still below average at best.  Offensively, he’s a better bet than everyone here except Doumit.

Bobby Wilson (Angels) – The Angels don’t need Wilson, but they’ve kept him around because he’s out of options and they don’t want to lose him for nothing.  A solid defender with a decent stick, he’s not quite good enough to be a regular, but there are certainly worse stopgap options.

Landon Powell (Athletics) – With nine homers and 43 RBI in 293 major league at-bats, Powell has the ability to contribute as a bottom-of-the-order hitter.  However, he also has an extensive injury history and it seems unlikely he’d hold up if asked to play much more than once or twice per week.

Taylor Teagarden (Rangers) – It seems doubtful that the Giants will go young, but then, Teagarden isn’t really very young anymore at 27.  He’s always drawn pretty good marks for defense, and the Rangers won’t ask for the same kind of return they would have a couple of years ago.  Teagarden is durable enough to catch five times per week, and he has lots of power.  He might be lucky to hit .220, but he could be a decent regular anyway.

  1. bleedgreen - May 26, 2011 at 3:27 PM

    How about Dane Sardinha from the Phils? He’s not great, but he doesn’t have to be. We’d take some kind of outfield depth and would package Blanton along with him for Cody Ross and a prospect.

    • CJ - May 26, 2011 at 3:37 PM

      Trading Blanton and Sardinha for ANYTHING I would do in a heartbeat. But why would the Giants do that? That makes no sense. Sardinha can’t be much of an improvment over Whiteside and if Blanton even made the rotation over in SF, it’d be as a 5, maybe 4 if you really think he’s better than Madison Bumgardner or whatever his name is. He makes far too much as a 5, and as such wouldn’t even be a starter in the playoffs (if they can even get there w/o Posey)

      • seeingwhatsticks - May 26, 2011 at 5:36 PM

        There’s a 0% chance that Blanton would make the Giants starting rotation or bullpen. At best he’d be the 6th starter behind Lincecum, Cain, Sanchez, Bumgarner, and Vogelsong.

    • bjavie - May 26, 2011 at 3:44 PM

      Outfield depth? Ibanez, Francisco, Mayberry, Brown, Victorino (when he returns). Plus Martinez, Gload and Orr can all play outfield.

      Oh, and Valdez can pitch…and hit like a pitcher.

      Not that this blog post was about the Phils, or anything.

      Honestly, sorry Giants fans, those are some shoes, for sure.

      • bleedgreen - May 26, 2011 at 7:44 PM

        If you think Francisco, Mayberry, Martinez and Orr are worth a damn, you haven’t been watching the Phils much. Martinez is terrible in the outfield and can’t hit very well. Our only ‘legit’ outfielders are Ibanez (who can’t run very well, but his bat has woken up so you keep him), Brown because he has a ton of upside, Victorino and Gload because he’s a dependable pinch hitter. I know I shouldn’t complain about having the most wins in all of baseball, but theres ALWAYS room for improvement. If I had my way, I’d keep Ibanez, Mayberry, Brown, Victorino and Gload. Send Martinez back to whoever we took him from in the Rule 5, and Orr is a utility infielder for the most part.

    • Jonny 5 - May 26, 2011 at 4:02 PM

      We need “Sardine can” to stay guys. Chooch has been hurt already, and Snyder is still hurt. Not a good Idea to play “kick the can” at this point. Chooch and Snyder are getting long in the tooth.

  2. tartan1 - May 26, 2011 at 3:44 PM

    Ramon Hernandez is available as well in much the same fashion Bengie Molina was available last season.

  3. CJ - May 26, 2011 at 3:58 PM

    Also, Salty seems like he might finally be getting it together. Maybe Varitek could be an option?

    In any event, I’m going to go out on a limb and say the going rate for even a decent veteran catcher just went way up.

  4. yankeesfanlen - May 26, 2011 at 3:59 PM

    Pudge is gonna play longer than Mo at this rate.

  5. kinggeorge96 - May 26, 2011 at 5:06 PM

    I hear Posada really would rather be a catcher than a DH. He’d never get hurt blocking the plate, since he’s never actually blocked it before!!

    Food for thought…

  6. sumerduckman - May 26, 2011 at 6:41 PM

    Jesus Flores is also available from the gNats.

    • jwbiii - May 27, 2011 at 12:26 AM

      The Giants already have a catcher on the DL.

  7. 27xwschamps - May 27, 2011 at 2:39 AM

    Where the hell is jorge posada ! We’ll dump … him 2 u

  8. bryan518 - May 28, 2011 at 11:52 AM

    Picking up Blanton and his contract would be a huge mistake. We already have Zito’s contract and we know how that move has worked out. Best option for catcher would be pudge because of his D.

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