C | 1B | 2B | 3B | SS | LF | CF | RF | DH | SP | RHRP | LHRP
|Ramon Castro would be a fine backup catcher|
Potential Starters (better than 0.6 WAR / 150 PA)
Ramon Hernandez (0.79)
Hernandez will want a situation where he will see 300 or more plate appearances. That would not be with Baltimore.
Henry Blanco (0.98)
Blanco could be considered as a starting catcher option for a team in need. However, he has never been used as a starter his last three years.
Ramon Castro (0.91)
Castro has also shown quite a lot of value in backup catcher time. He could be seen as a starter by some teams. He may also prefer to go to a situation with a weak starting catcher.
Jose Molina (0.71)
Molina has also not been considered a starter in his past three seasons even though he has performed quite well during that time.
Ryan Doumit (0.68)
A somewhat poor defensive catcher with a decent bat. He would also be able to back up other positions on the field. After a solid 2011 season, he may be looking for a situation to start.
Good Backups (between 0.4 and 0.6)
Chris Snyder (0.59)
Snyder has been seen as a starting catcher at times over the past three years. He really is not one. He might be looking for a situation to become a starter.
Kelly Shoppach (0.54)
Shoppach has been used as a part timer with Tampa. He is a solid backup and may be an option.
Rod Barajas (0.45)
Barajas has been used as the primary starter in split catching squads. He is likely to look for weak catching teams.
Poor Backups - MiL Contract with camp invite (between 0.2 and 0.4)
Jason Varitek (0.39)
He is not coming to Baltimore.
Ivan Rodriguez (0.36)
Teams will likely overpay for him and those teams will likely have a weak catching squad.
Jason Kendall (0.31)
Kendall will not go to a team with a strong starting catcher. He has never been a backup.
Matt Treanor (0.22)
He could be a rather cheap option
Rob Johnson, Josh Bard, Dioner Navarro, Brian Schneider, and Gerald Laird.
I would offer a 2.5 MM contract to any of the players in the first tier with a 0.5 MM buyout on a 3 MM option. I would lean toward Ryan Doumit because of his offensive capabilities as a pinch hitter. Doumit made 5.2 MM last year, so he may not be eager to take a 3 MM guaranteed. Jose Molina, Ramon Castro, or Henry Blanco would also be good choices. None of them were paid more than 1.2 MM last year. The Orioles would be likely to grab any of them for far less than they are likely worth.