Toronto Blue Jays Targeting Los Angeles Angels Catchers

by Clayton Richer | Posted on Monday, October 21st, 2013
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Chris Iannetta

According to Canadian baseball columnist Bob Elliott the Toronto Blue Jays are knocking on the Los Angeles Angels door sniffing around on the availability of both Chris Ianetta and Hank Conger.

[quote]”The Jays also are attempting to acquire a catcher from the Los Angeles Angels. Toronto has targeted either Chris Iannetta or Hank Conger, according to those familiar with the Jays’ plans.”[/quote]

The Blue Jays seem set on upgrading on their current tandem of J.P. Arencibia and Josh Thole behind the dish. Arencibia had a well documented set-back season and now have the Jays baseball brain trust wondering if he is an every day MLB catcher.

Iannetta is a 30-year old, 8 year MLB veteran spending time with the Colorado Rockies prior to joining the Angels in 2012. Ianneta hit .225 in 399 plate appearances last season smashing 11 home runs and getting on base at a .358 clip. In 2008 Iannetta hit 18 bombs while a member of the Rockies and wont become a free agent until 2016 earning approximately $5 million a season for the next 2 years.

Hank Conger is a 25-year old, with 4 years of  MLB experience playing in 171 games during that tenure mostly as a back-up. Last season Conger batted .249 with 7 home runs in 92 games and would come much cheaper than Iannetta earning 495,000 in 2013.

Conger is a former 1st round pick in 2006 but has never earned everyday work as a member of the Angels. Iannetta would have more offensive upside and could form a formidable duo with Arencibia if the Jays decide to to go that route and would be a much cheaper option than some of the free agent options behind the dish.

The likes of Brian McCann, Carlos Ruiz, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and A.J. Pierzynski are all available for the taking but the quartet will come at a hefty price tag.

However remember the Blue Jays rule of thumb, if you hear a rumor about a potential trade then chances are it is just a rumor. Alex Anthopoulos keeps his cards very close to his vest not showing his hand to anyone until the hand has been played.

Let the off-season speculation begin. You can read the entire Elliott column HERE.

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  • Brad

    If this is actually for real, I think Conger would be a much better pickup. Iannetta has never panned out to be the slugger many thought he could be and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. Based just on last year’s stats, Conger hit for better average and his home run pace was almost 3x that of Iannetta’s.

    As for the other 4, I thought McCann was MUCH older than he is – I figured retirement was just around the corner, but he’s not even 30 yet. Of the 4, I think he would obviously be the best pickup, but I think the cost would be way too high. Ideally they need someone younger they can actually keep for a decent amount of time, somewhere in the 25-28 year old range.

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