One of the positions the Chicago Cubs are targeting this winter is the catcher position. With the Dioner Navarro pricing himself out of a possible return to the Cubs, the team has cast a wide net in looking for a backup to starting catcher Welington Castillo.
There has been reports this off-season that the Cubs would be interested in expensive catchers Brian McCann or Jarrod Saltalamacchia, however, it is looking like those reports are nothing more than rumors. The type of catcher that the Cubs want to acquire this winter is one who can complement Castillo while teaching the 26-year old the finer nuances of being a catcher in the Major Leagues.
That catcher might be former former Oakland Athletics and Washington Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki. Suzuki is a free agent this off-season and Patrick Mooney of CSN Chicago reports that the Cubs have an interest in the catcher.
Suzuki certainly would not be the offensive backup catcher that the Cubs had in Navarro last season. But where Suzuki does figure to benefit not only Castillo but the Cubs as well is on defense. Suzuki, who turned 30 in October, has a reputation for being an intelligent catcher in terms of handling a pitching staff and the overall process of calling a game. Those are two areas where Castillo has struggled in so far in his career. Suzuki would certainly assist in mentoring Castillo.
While the Cubs have put out feelers on free agent catchers, it is also possible that the team may trade for a backup catcher.