2019 MLB Free Agent Catcher Rankings:
Yasmani Grandal – Signed with the Milwaukee Brewers on a 1-year contract. (1/9/2019)
- This is just an overall shocker. Yasmani Grandal had a strong market this offseason haven received interest from teams like the Los Angeles Angels, Chicago White Sox and heavily from the New York Mets. At one point this offseason, the New York Mets offered a lucrative four-year, $66 million dollar contract but he decided to turn that down, which could have ended up being a mistake money-wise. Yasmani Grandal lands with the Milwaukee Brewers who have been looking for an upgrade behind home plate for a few seasons now. Yasmani Grandal is noted to have solid power which was on display last season in which he hit 24 home runs in 124 games with the Dodgers. With Miller Park being a hitters ballpark, Grandal could use this one-year contract as an advantage to have the 2020 market be much stronger if he backs with the numbers for a second straight season.
Brian McCann – Signed with the Atlanta Braves on a 1-year, $2 million dollar contract. (11/26/2018)
- It’s a homecoming for Brian McCann who spent the last three seasons with the Houston Astros. Last month, the Houston Astros declined Brian McCann’s $15 million dollar club option which made him a free agent. Since hitting free agency, McCann has been linked to a reunion with the Braves and now it has all been confirmed. McCann is set to platooning this time around for the rising Atlanta Braves, he will play behind the plate with Taylor Flowers in 2019.
Kurt Suzuki – Signed with the Washington Nationals on a two-year, $12 million dollar contract. (11/19/2018)
- This will be Kurt Suzuki‘s second stint with the Washington Nationals having previously played for them in 2012 and 2013. Suzuki, 35, spent the last two seasons with division rival Atlanta Braves where he put up back-to-back solid campaigns for the team. Last season, Suzuki had a batting line of .271/.322/.776. He will take over starting duties while Spencer Kieboom and Pedro Severino battle for the backup role in Spring Training.
Jonathan Lucroy – Signed with the Los Angeles Angels on one-year, $3.35 million dollar contract. (12/28/2018)
- Sticking within the AL West, Jonathan Lucory had a step-back season in 2018 which saw him bat .241 on the season an 4 home runs with Oakland. Adding a catcher was a must for the Angels since they moved on from former gold glove winner Martin Maldonado mid-year last year. Lucroy still offers solid defensive play at age 32.
Jeff Mathis – Signed with the Texas Rangers on a two-year, $6.25 million dollar contract. (11/20/2018)
- The deal has been finalized after his physical. Mathis, not really known for his hitting skills more so for his great defensive skills behind the plate. He will serve as a backup for the Rangers as the team will move forward with Isiah Kiner-Falefa as their likely starter.
- Robinson Chirinos
- Drew Butera
- Matt Wieters
- Nick Hundley
- Bryan Holaday
- Stephen Vogt
- Adam Moore
- Jhonatan Solano