Rangers want to trade surplus of catching for pitching: Should the Astros be interested?

From MLBTradeRumors (it's Sunday morning and I'm lazy):

The Rangers are seeking to deal one of their three catchers - Gerald LairdJarrod Saltalamacchia, or Max Ramirez - for pitching...

Now, it's not like we have pitching laying around, but Salty is someone I still think is going to live up to his potential and PECOTA confirms my confidence, expecting Salty to posts a .270/.800 OPS next year and for many years after that improving steadily.  That's a solid performance for someone who really has no place in the organization right now, nor foreseeably in the future.  Salty would then represent either the future of the organization at back stop, or trade bait should Castro pan out.

The question, of course, is who we would trade and would the ends justify the means?But this is about the only way to obtain a solid catcher this off-season.  A one for one swap of Wandy for Salty evens out in projected WARP and only get better in 2010 and 2011.

 

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