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Topic: 2018 Motivation for Cubs catcher
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2018 Motivation for Cubs catcher


Posted: Feb 11, 2019 2:03 PM
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https://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/cubs/112826966-132.html

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Posted: Feb 11, 2019 5:31 PM
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Contreras is so much better than last year showed.

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Posted: Feb 11, 2019 6:17 PM
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i hope he can get his hitting stats up from last year

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Posted: Feb 11, 2019 6:19 PM
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He will be better in 2019. His second half was as bad as he can play for sure offensively.

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Posted: Feb 11, 2019 6:26 PM
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I fell Anthony Iapoce will help out a lot more with Cubs bats in general. I hope fingers crossed.

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Posted: Feb 12, 2019 8:49 AM
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Tall order for one man.

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Posted: Feb 12, 2019 11:16 AM
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It won't be the new hitting coach, or more sunny days, or new batting gloves, or anything else everyone is looking for to help. It will be finding another catcher who can be effective for 50-60 games so Contreras can get some rest. He just ran out of gas last year.

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Posted: Feb 12, 2019 12:40 PM
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a second good catcher will help out for sure.

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Posted: Feb 13, 2019 9:51 AM
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They obviously made no moves for a catcher this year, so they have about 3 choices:

1) Keep using Caratini
2) Hope that Taylor Davis has a breakout year.
3) Sign a last minute FA catcher. Still available: Martin Maldonado and Matt Wieters. Caleb Joseph got signed today by the Diamondbacks, so other than Wieters or Maldonado, there are no catchers left.

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Posted: Feb 13, 2019 10:40 AM
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Obviously, they would have liked to get a veteran defensive catcher. However, its difficult because you can only have 25 on the roster. Caratini is too valuable taking only one roster spot as he is a switch hitter and can play first base.

That means he is your backup catcher, he's a pinch hitter from both sides of the plate, and can backup Rizzo some if need be.

He's pretty valuable and they will hope that his hitting comes around because he can hit. He's a keeper if his bat comes alive.

In today's game, you don't really wanna have a third catcher on the roster that could be used instead for an arm in the bullpen.

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Posted: Feb 13, 2019 12:04 PM
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I agree about Caratini- he is talented-- just needs more time to develop.

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Posted: Feb 13, 2019 12:19 PM
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Agreed ... he has to hit...eventually they will bail on him if he doesn't produce.

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Posted: Feb 13, 2019 5:57 PM
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If he is still on the 25 man roster after camp I will be stunned. He can't hit and the Cubs do not need another body that can't hit.

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Posted: Feb 13, 2019 5:59 PM
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He hits better than Davis (if for no other reason, experience), and he has more experience behind the plate. Not to mention the Rizzo backup factor, though others can do that as well.

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Posted: Feb 14, 2019 11:52 AM
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It will be interesting who they keep. I think i saw they have 42 pitchers in camp right now evaluating them all for spots.

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Posted: Feb 14, 2019 3:39 PM
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Only 42 pitchers? Not sure they have enough to make a decision.

As for the critical position of back-up catcher everyone is so worried about, by the end of camp there will be 15 veterans available to choose from and the Cubs can grab one of those guys.

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Posted: Feb 14, 2019 5:22 PM
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Only 2 free-agent catchers left- Martinaldo and Wieters. It'll be interesting to see what veterans may get cut.

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