Minnesota Twins: Ranking the Top 15 Free Agent Catchers Available
By Otto Johnson
Minnesota Twins Top Free Agent Catchers: No. 8-5
- No. 8: Gary Sanchez (R)
- No. 7: Tucker Barnhart (L)
- No. 6: Roberto Perez (R)
- No. 5: Curt Casali (R)
This next tier of options are all better than the bottom tier, but they’re still not good enough to even be true upgrades over Ryan Jeffers for the most part. They’ll serve as good platoon partners, and that may be just what the Minnesota Twins are looking for.
If the Twins were to sign one any of these backstops, it would cost a little more than the backups, but it still wouldn’t break the bank and would allow them to spend elsewhere. It would be a very mediocre move that wouldn’t make the team much better or much worse.
Gary Sanchez was not very good in 2022, but a reunion with the Twins in 2023 would give the team another decent offensive catcher with upside (even if there’s little there defensively). Plus, a return seems unlikely. Tucker Barnhart is the anti-Sanchez, as he would offer a major defensive upgrade and offers a left-handed bat for a platoon, but he gives nothing else offensively.
For Roberto Perez, a two-time Gold Glove award winner, he looked very solid in 21 games offensively in Pittsburgh last year and would offer some defensive ability if he could stay healthy. Curt Casali would classify as a major upgrade though. Casali is a decent defender and he posted a .793 OPS from 2017-2020. Even if he can’t replicate that, he’s a very solid catcher.