I’ve got my power cord and I’m back at my laptop. Just long enough to provide an incremental non-update update on the backup catching situation.
You can cross three names off the list, though I’d do it in pencil, just in case the Orioles are left scrambling. As of today, they haven’t reached out to Ryan Doumit, Kelly Shoppach or Chris Snyder.
Snyder is looking for a starting job. He won’t find one in Baltimore. Shoppach is attracting plenty of suitors, according to one industry source, but the Orioles haven’t expressed any interest.
Gerald Laird might have been on the Orioles’ radar, but he’s reportedly close to signing with the Tigers. Brian Schneider will reportedly stay with the Phillies. The Diamondbacks re-signed Henry Blanco.
Here’s the current list of free agents, courtesy of MLBTradeRumors. I kept Laird and Schneider on it, but I removed Matt Treanor, who signed with the Dodgers:
Josh Bard (34)
Ramon Castro (36)
Ryan Doumit (31) - Type B
Jake Fox (29)
Ramon Hernandez (36) - Type A
Rob Johnson (28)
Jason Kendall (38)
Gerald Laird (32)
Jose Molina (36) - Type B
Dioner Navarro (28)
Ivan Rodriguez (40)
Brian Schneider (35)
Kelly Shoppach (32)
Chris Snyder (31) - Type B
J.R. Towles (28)
Jason Varitek (40) - Type B
I didn’t bother transferring Jorge Posada from the DH list to the catcher list. I don’t believe that the Orioles are currently interested in Posada or Varitek.
Fox isn’t in the mix, either. The same goes for Hernandez.
I’m rooting for Molina because, as you know, having one of the brothers on the roster guarantees a trip to the World Series.
Update: Molina reportedly has reached agreement with the Rays.