Depth is a luxury in MLB.
Not every team can brag about having three starting-caliber catchers, but the Toronto Blue Jays are certainly one.
Alejandro Kirk is already an All-Star and firmly entrenched as one of MLB’s premier hitters from the catcher position.
The Blue Jays should take advantage of this depth and explore trading one of them to get help at another position or spot.
In fact, according MLB insider Jon Morosi, a trade is very much in play during the offseason.
“The #BlueJays are expected to trade a catcher this offseason, according to multiple rival execs I’ve spoken with at the GM Meetings. The Jays have an abundance of talent at the position: Danny Jansen, Alejandro Kirk and Gabriel Moreno,” he tweeted.
The #BlueJays are expected to trade a catcher this offseason, according to multiple rival execs I’ve spoken with at the GM Meetings. The Jays have an abundance of talent at the position: Danny Jansen, Alejandro Kirk and Gabriel Moreno. @MLBNetwork @MLB
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) November 8, 2022
The depth comes along nicely if one or two of them are injured.
Taking Advantage Of Depth At A Key Position
However, when everybody is healthy, only one of them has regular playing time, two at most if there is a timeshare.
That’s why Toronto is likely to swap one of their catchers to bring in another piece of need.
The organization could really use a shutdown reliever to fortify the bullpen, a corner outfielder, or a top young pitcher.
Catchers who are good enough to start are quite valuable, so the Blue Jays need to aim high in their hypothetical return package.
Kirk will probably stick around, as he is the best of the trio.
He had a 129 wRC+ (the league average is 100), and 3.8 Wins Above Replacement (WAR).
He is a star.
The future of at least one of Jansen and Moreno, however, appears to be elsewhere.