Royals add C Matt Treanor- here is why the move was made
Matt Treanor is your typical throwback backup catcher. He has a career stat line of .227/.311/.310/.621 in 973 at bats so he is not going to ignite a offense. He ¬†is not a stellar defensive catcher but he is better than most and he does have one tool that makes him very valuable. He is great with a pitching staff and guys love throwing to him. ¬†CJ Wilson raves about him as a catcher and knowing CJ that means a lot as you will not find a pitcher that knows the game better than him.
There are a few positions that are dying fast and quality defensive catchers is one of them. I thought before spring training started the Royals would want to upgrade the catching position until Jason Kendall was ready. But, Kendall threw a wrench in those plans as he fought to make the opening day roster. Now, it seems clear he won’t be back any time soon and a move for a better catcher was necessary. Brayan Pena and Lucas May simply have never given me confidence that they can handle the challenges behind the dish. ¬†I guarantee the Royals brass saw this too.
This season is going to be a tough season but you still are going to have several young pitchers making their way thru Kansas City and you want to make sure that they have a quality leader to throw to. Ned Yost was a similar player to Matt Treanor so he understands the value of having a quality catcher on the roster.
Matt, by the way, was the Royals 4th round pick in 1994 and he played with the Wilmington in 1997 before the club sent him to the Florida Marlins for reliever Matt Whisenant
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