Catching conundrum for D-backs

So here we are again, heading into another season with the D-backs essentially having two starting catchers.

At the end of last season it seemed all but certain that Chris Snyder would not be in Tucson when Spring Training started.

“Surprised to see me?” he asked to me by way of a greeting the other day.

Actually, I was.

The D-backs nearly traded Snyder to the Blue Jays for first baseman Lyle Overbay in November, but the Jays backed out at the last minute.

So far, Snyder looks completely recovered from last September’s back surgery and it’s also clear he’s going to push Miguel Montero, who took over the starting job last year following Snyder’s injury, for playing time.

“I think A.J. and the staff will determine how best to use those guys,” GM Josh Byrnes said referring to manager A.J. Hinch and his coaches. “We clearly have two No. 1 caliber catchers so we’ll figure it out as we go.”

Montero hits left-handed and Snyder right-handed, but it won’t be a true platoon.

“Miggy showed last year he can hit left-handed pitching and Snydes in 2008 hit right-handed pitching very well so it won’t be as simple as that,” Byrnes said.

And it also looks like the D-backs are not going to deal Snyder at least any time soon.

“That’s our assumption right now,” Byrnes said. “Obviously we had those discussions and made an attempt early and there is a point at which it becomes less realistic. So right now I think it’s prudent to assume that’s going to be our catching combination.”

Now it falls on Hinch to figure out how to keep both catchers happy and productive.

“It’s something I’m going to have to sort out playing time wise over the season,” Hinch said. “But to go in strong, to go in healthy…to me I have no complaints. I never have a problem with too many good guys.”

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If Snyder is 100% healthy, he should be the starter. Not taking anything away from Montero because he had a good year, but it seems it could have been a fluke. I still like Snyder in RBI situations and his defense is 1000 times better. Snyder also has a cannon for an arm. It’ll be a tough decision and I expect it’ll be a platoon like the last few years, but we’ll see how it turns out.

With what they have in the minors , they better keep them both happy….Play who is HOT!!!! period. We need WINS and that’s the bottom line.

With questionable defense at 2B, I personally find it hard to believe that Montero’s bat still is considered more attractive than Snyder’s glove and bat. Glad Snyder is still around, and willing to bet he’s going to catch the majority of games this season.


maybe the DBacks should consider dealing one of the two catchers to the Mets for a good minor league pitching prospect and one of their two backup catchers, since they don’t seem to have ANY starting catchers and we have two.

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