21 possible backup catchers

Inspired (and expensive) choices
Toby
Hall

LAD 31 Has hit lefties to tune of .292/.333/.500 over course of career.  Most talented and expensive option. Only costs money now.
Ryan
Doumit

PIT 25 Switch-hitter, can handle both sides of plate, shows plus power, career ~.360 CS rate, possible successor to AJ.
Jeff
Mathis

LAA
23 Has hit in the minors, especially against lefties, but hasn’t shown much in brief time in majors.  Threw out only 20 percent of runners in limited experience
A step down
Yorvit
Torrealba

COL
28 Career line of .281/.346/.502 against lefties, throws out at least 33 percent of runners. Balky shoulder keeps him from being full-timer.
Josh
Paul

TB 31
Remember him?  Career .272/.340/.418 line against lefties, ~25 percent CS rate
Robby
Hammock

ARI
29 Career .280/.333/.471 hitter against lefties, coming off shoulder surgery, ~30 percent CS rate
Humberto
Cota
PIT 27 Never panned out in Pittsburgh, in his fullest season hit .294/.315/.482 against lefties, no threat against righties. ~30 percent CS rate
Interchangeable
Matt
Treanor
FLA 31 Mr. Misty May gets on-base despite not being able to hit for power. .268/.348/.366 against lefties, threw out 16 of 34 runners last year.
J.D.
Closser

MIL 27 Hit better in minors than majors thanks in part to altitude; high-20s CS rate; no real track record against lefties
Mike
Rivera
MIL 30 No real track record against lefties, lucky to get 25 percent of runners thrown out
Jeff
Clement
SEA
23 Possible future replacement, mentioned because his name has popped up.  Lefty, can’t hit lefties.  I have no concept of his throwing arm.
Miguel
Ojeda
TEX
30 Signed to back up Laird, but might become available if Piazza signs.  Hits lefties better, decent throwing arm.
Wiki
Gonzalez
WAS 31 Career .278/.355/.439 against lefties, holds his own throwing runners out.  Getting old.
Mystery men
Paul
Phillips
KC 29 Career minor-leaguer, but has hit in limited big-league experience.  Hit lefties better than righties in minors, threw out 4 of 9 at major-league level
Guillermo
Quiroz
SEA 24
Came out of nowhere to post .304 .359 .428 line in Triple-A, no idea if it’s real, stuck behind Johjima and Rivera in Seattle.
Rob
Bowen
SD 25 Switch-hitter, weird minor-league track record, appears to be better against righties, no throwing arm
Brandon
Harper
WAS
30 Took his sweet time getting to majors, but hit well when he did.  0-for-9 throwing out runners last year
Almost as depressing as Alomar
Chad
Moeller
MIL
35
Not a lot of success against lefties, 25-30 percent CS rate
Sal
Fasano
NYY
35
Chicago native; career .228/.305/.449 against lefties, kick-ass mustache, look for fork sticking out of back
Adam
Melhuse

OAK 35 Switch-hitter, decent at throwing out runners, no real track record against lefties, but has shown at least some power.  Pretty old, too.
Mike
Rose

STL
30
Career minor-leaguer, nothing to report here.  Only on list because he’s better than Alomar/Widger
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Writing about the White Sox for a 16th season, first here, then at South Side Sox, and now here again. Let’s talk curling.

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