News that Jason Castro will miss all or most of the season (right knee surgery) now leaves Houston without a starting catcher. At the same time, the Pirates are trying to trade a catcher. Could there be a match with Ryan Doumit and Houston?
It’s still way premature to assume that Doumit is on his way to Texas. Way premature. But it’s something to note now and keep an eye on. The Astros do have five catchers left in camp, including two on the team’s 40-man roster. So an answer could come internally.
If Houston wants to look elsewhere for a catcher, $5.1 million is much more than the team wants to spend on a one-year fix. That’s how much Doumit is owed this season. I still believe the Pirates would be willing to eat some of that salary, but only if they get the player(s) they want in return. It’s unknown how much Houston would really want to give up to get Doumit for one season.
Something to consider as the Pirates get ready to play the Phillies in front of a pro-Phillies crowd at McKechnie Field.
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