The A's are searching high and low for a veteran catcher.
Oakland struck on in their pursuit of Matt Wieters, and now they've reportedly turned their attention to Russell Martin.
MLB Network's Jon Heyman reported on Thursday that the A's are among several teams that have "checked in on" the veteran catcher.
Mets, A’s and a few other teams have checked in on free agent catcher Russell Martin. He’s turned down a few offers as he prioritizes a family situation, as @Joelsherman1 1st mentioned. But he’d still like to play.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) February 28, 2020
Martin, 37, spent the 2019 season with the Dodgers, his original organization. In 83 games, he slashed .200/.337/.330 with five doubles, six homers and 20 RBI.
The A's have three catchers on the 40-man roster -- Sean Murphy, Austin Allen and Jonah Heim -- and all three of them are rookies.
Murphy is expected to the opening day starter and will get a majority of the playing time. But it still makes sense for the A's to sign a veteran catcher to mentor the prized prospect.
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As Heyman points out, Martin is not ready to sign with a team right now. But when he is, the A's should make a strong push to add him to the roster.