Posted on: June 15, 2011 8:07 pm
Edited on: June 15, 2011 11:54 pm
With Buster Posey out for the year, the Giants are still looking everywhere for catching.
The latest place they're looking: Texas, where the Rangers may be willing to move a catcher once Mike Napoli returns from the disabled list.
Yorvit Torrealba is the Rangers' starter behind the plate, and Napoli was his backup. With Napoli out, the Rangers have called up Taylor Teagarden, who has big-league experience and was hitting .326 with nine home runs in 24 games at Triple-A Round Rock. Teagarden is only a .216 hitter in 107 career games in the big leagues, but remember, there's very little catching available and the Giants need help.
With Posey out, the Giants have gone with an Eli Whiteside/Chris Stewart tandem behind the plate. In 19 games without Posey, Giants catchers have hit .180 with no home runs and just two RBI.
Napoli, who has a strained left oblique, went on the DL Sunday. The Rangers hope he'll be able to return in the minimum 15 days.
The Giants seem determined to find catching help somewhere. Besides the big leagues, they've sent scouts to watch any Triple-A team with a possible answer behind the plate.
Posted on: November 10, 2008 3:57 pm
Now, not even 13 months later, Holliday is being traded to the A's, and the Rockies are making plans to have Taveras and Atkins follow him out the door. Add in closer Brian Fuentes' departure via free agency, and you can see that the Rockies of 2009 will look nothing like the team that went to the World Series in 2007.
Given the payroll restrictions that Rockies ownership has imposed on the Colorado front office, it will be hard for general manager Dan O'Dowd to put together a team that can return to the postseason anytime soon. But it may not be his problem for long, because O'Dowd has told people that if the Rockies aren't any better in 2009 than they were in 2008, he expects to lose his job.
The Rockies never had a chance to sign Holliday long-term, and their negotiations with Fuentes went nowhere.
The Rockies will get some major-league players back from Oakland as part of the Holliday trade, but sources said that reliever Huston Street will be traded to another team. Meanwhile, the Rockies are shopping Atkins (the Twins are among the interested teams), Taveras and backup catcher Yorvit Torrealba.