Tony Sanchez is still projected as the starting catcher in 2015. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired backup catcher Chris Stewart today, which led to a lot of questions about the future of Tony Sanchez. In my non-tender preview, I gave Michael McKenry a 50% chance of being tendered, saying the Pirates could keep him as a depth option, or go with a better player at a similar cost. They opted to go with the better player, as Stewart has poor offense but some of the best defense in the game. The difference here is that McKenry had an option remaining, while Stewart is out of options. That makes it likely that Stewart will be the backup catcher, leaving Tony Sanchez in Triple-A.
In the long-term, I don't think this impacts Sanchez's future with the Pirates. Russell Martin is only under contract through the 2014 season, and if he has another year like he did in 2013, he will get a huge deal with another team. That means Sanchez is still the starting c...
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