Well the much anticipated trade deadline is almost here, and we have been waiting... and waiting... for not only a potential trade... but even just trade rumors. Well, it appears Jeff Luhnow and co. are very good at keeping trade talks completely silent. So why not create our own scenarios?
I've seen and discussions all over Twitter and The Crawfish Boxes about possible trades of many players, but nobody is talking about Carlos Corporan. He is quietly having an excellent year, hitting .274 with 5 home runs. Do we really need to hold on to him? I don't think so... Jason Castro is quickly turning into one of the better catchers in the league and Corporan is only a second catcher. I've heard about how Corporan is a good mentor to the young pitchers, but I really believe that job should be handed to either Castro or the coaches. We don't absolutely need Corporan going forward... so what could we get for him? and who would be interested?
To be honest, I don't really know what a back-up catcher could fetch in the trade market. Certainly nobody amazing, but I believe Luhnow could definitely find hidden gems... especially since the team I believe could use Corporan the most is Luhnow's former team, the Cardinals.
Yadier Molina is an incredible catcher, but behind him is really nobody. Their back-up catcher, Tony Cruz, is terrible. And I definitely think Corporan could fit in St Louis. He has pop in his bat, and St Louis surprisingly isn't hitting a ton of home runs this year. They have Matt Adams coming off the bench in pinch hit duties often this year, and he has incredible power, but I'm not sure what else they have beyond him. Plus, a back-up catcher sporting an average in the .270s is definitely respectable. St Louis wouldn't need to give up a ton for him and they would be significantly upgrading a spot that is often overlooked.
The Orioles may also be interested in Corporan, as they have not had a trusty catcher off their bench all year. Heck, even Matt Weiters is not hitting like he was expected to. Maybe a Norris & Corporan deal??
Other teams that could be interested... Pittsburgh, Toronto, Kansas City