Surprise Guest: Rene Rivera
Rivera was mentioned as a possible target by my podcast co-host Dustin Nosler. In looking up framing data, Rivera scores extremely well. He ranks fifth in the league in terms of runs gained through framing, even though he only catches part time.
At the plate, he doesn’t get on base a lot but hits for some power, which would qualify him as a good backup.
What The Padres Might Want: Darnell Sweeney
It’s hard to figure what the Padres would want for a backup catcher. I’m sure they’d like some value, but it’s hard to imagine them getting too much in return.
What The Padres Might Take: Adam Law
Law was the Dodgers 12th rounder last year and has been very productive in his first season and a half. He’s on the older side at 24 but figures to make the majors and become a role player some day. He plays multiple positions and has good speed.
Deal or No Deal: DEAL
What I noticed first about Rivera was his excellent framing ability. Taking a longer look at his offense, I saw that he is OPSing more than .300 points higher on the road than at home.
He’s about to turn 31, so this isn’t a long-term solution, but the potential to get a quality backup who could help the team going forward (he only has three years of service time) would be a strong move.
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