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Why the Need for Catching Help?

Why the Need for Catching Help?

Injuries to the catching staff this year have left a need for the Pirates.

All season we've been hearing the Pittsburgh Pirates linked to catchers in the trade market.  There was the interest in Chris Iannetta of the Colorado Rockies.  There was the rumored Garrett Jones for Jeff Mathis trade with the Los Angeles Angels that they ended up turning down.

It made sense that the Pirates were looking for catching all throughout the season.  At one point their top two catchers went down in the span of a little over a week, while their top backup in AAA also was suffering an injury.  The Pirates cycled through Dusty Brown and Wyatt Toregas, before adding Michael McKenry in a minor league trade, and promoting Eric Fryer after his big year in Altoona, then Indianapolis.

The need for a catcher seems to have lessened in late July/early August.  McKenry and Fryer are both doing very well filling in for Ryan Doumit and Chris Snyder.  McKenry's offense hasn't been much, but his defense has ...

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