Pirates Interested in Chris Iannetta

The Pittsburgh Pirates are among a number of teams that have asked the Colorado Rockies about catcher Chris Iannetta, according to Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports.  Iannetta is currently hitting for a .224/.376/.412 line in 228 at-bats this season.  His best year was in 2008, when he hit for a .264/.390/.505 line in 333 at-bats.  That was under Clint Hurdle.

Iannetta is making $2.55 M this year, and is under contract for $3.55 M in 2012.  He has an option for the 2013 season for $5 M, with a $250 K buyout, although he can void that option if traded.  He holds about $9.2 M in trade value over his next year and a half, which is about the same value as a Stetson Allie, if the Pirates went with a “one good prospect” route.  He might cost a B- pitcher and two C pitchers if they went with multiple prospects.

The Pirates have experienced some catching problems, and currently have Michael McKenry and Eric Fryer holding down the jobs in the majors.  It’s an interesting rumor, as it comes right when Jason Jaramillo returned from the AAA disabled list, and at the same time as Ryan Doumit starting his rehab work in Bradenton.  The Pirates don’t have a catcher that has locked down the starting role for the 2012 season, although McKenry, Jaramillo, and Fryer are all under control.  The Pirates have options on Ryan Doumit and Chris Snyder, although both are very expensive, possibly to the point of being prohibitive.

  • I really like the way McKenry has handled the staff and his overall attitude. True he is only hitting .250 with a .600 OPS but it is his strong defense and ability to handle the pitchers which shines and makes him my choice over Doumit (poor defense), Snyder (too expensive for what he brings), Jaramillo (decent avg hitting but only average defense). Forget giving up 9 mil in trade value for a player like Iannetta. It is not worth the cost when we have a solid defensive catcher like McKenry

  • It’s definitely an interesting rumor and I’m torn as to what the Pirates should do in this situation.  Iannetta would be a solid addition @ catcher for the next seasons, but is he worth giving up prospects to acquire him?  Chris Snyder & Ryan Doumit won’t be back w/ the Pirates next season and the Bucs & their young pitchers need a catcher that can count on.  I guess I’d have to see who would be available via free agency this offseason before deciding on Iannetta.