Looking for a Backup Catcher?
I think the Cubs should consider signing free agent C Javier Valentin. He is a solid switch hitting veteran catcher, and most teams are chasing the big prizes in the market right now. It would be a quiet move, but it would be a good move that addresses several team needs. Valentin is a professional hitter that can pound the ball when he plays, which would allow the cubs to rest Geo more throughout the season so that he can can be more productive and healthier down the stretch. Also by pursuing him now the cubs would have very little competition, with the exception of the Reds, who just acquired Ramon Hernandez to be their everyday catcher. So the cubs would be offering him the same role except on a contending team. He likely could be had for a modest price, somewhere in the neighborhood of $1-$1.5M on a 1-2 year deal. So by swapping Valentin for Blanco the team gets a younger, cheaper player at the position, who is also a switch hitter.