With the departure of former All Star catcher and team leader Brian McCann, the catching position has been widely viewed as one of the leading areas of team need for the 2019 Astros. Earlier this winter they signed the former Rangers catcher, Robinson Chirinos, but many perceived him as more appropriate as a back up catcher for a team competing for another World Series
Probably the leading catcher free agent available this year was Yasmani Grandal, formerly of the Dodgers, one of the best hitting catchers in baseball for the last four years. With his signing last night by the Milwaukee Brewers on a one year, $18.25 million contract, there remain few options open to the Astros for upgrading the catcher position, unless a trade with the Miami Marlins for J. .T Realmuto remains a possibility.
For more detail on this signing read here.
Has the Astros front office mismanaged the situation of catcher this year? Is the platoon of Chirinos and Max Stassi sufficient for a contending team? Should the Astros have outbid the Brewers for Grandal’s services? Tell us what you think in the comments below.