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In this post I took at look at three teams with top prospect players who are blocked by stud players in the majors or ready to come up.
I would have hedged my bets on the Mets acquiring Padres catching Nick Hundley. The 29 y/o is on a club friendly contract through 2015 and is blocking top prospect Yasmani Grandal. But with Grandal suspended for 50 games due to a positive PED (source Daily News) I don't think Hundley is going anywhere.
The Las Vegas 51's are putting in a vote for one of the Jays catcher's now that they've traded for John Buck. The 51's were Toronto's AAA affiliate between 2009 and 2012 so they would be very familiar with J. P. Arencibia and Travis d'Arnaud. Buck knows the Jays staff so if they move one of them J.P. would make sense. I think d'Arnaud is a pipe dream and even if they did move him it would cost too much for the Mets to get involved.
The last of my group was Seattle's Mike Zunino, the thought being that Jesus Montero would block the Mariners top catcher. When I tweeted my thoughts on Zunino, Matt Pignataro said he saw him in person and thought he was a can't miss stud. Maybe Montero becomes a DH and Zunino ends up behind the plate or he cost too much for us.
On the free agent front not that we'd be involved but Mike Napoli according to Hardball talk is drawing interest from the Yanks.
By the way here is a list of the best catcher's ERA for 2012 of the free agents Russell Martin and A.J. Pierzynski have the best.
While the Mets have said they are more interested in trading to improve the club there are a few veteran catcher's who could sever as platoon partners and wouldn't cost much at all. Here is a list of the free agent catchers...
Rod Barajas, Henry Blanco, Gerald Laird, Russell Martin, Mike Napoli, Dioner Navarro, Miguel Olivo, Ronny Paulino, A.J. Pierzynski, Humberto Quintero, Brian Schneider, Kelly Shoppach, Chris Snyder, Yorvit Torrealba, Matt Treanor