You might recall in the offseason that there was a lot of interest 'round these parts in Gerald Laird, one of the extra catchers in the Rangers system. IIRC, Laird's ability to hit is somewhat in question, given a .671 OPS in nearly 900 ABs, but he's supposed to be amazing defensively. Seeing that we have no backstop in the minors who can aspire to anything higher than major-league mediocrity, the thought was, a mini-Blanco would be quite an improvement. (Perhaps we would have him hit 7th.)
Yet no deal was made, presumably because the Rangers were asking for an arm and a leg for Laird.
Fast forward to today. It seems the Astros have DFA'ed Humberto Quintero, and have until Wednesday to decide what to do with him. Who is Humberto Quintero? Funny you should ask.
The 28-year-old backstop has put up some decent minor league numbers, though he's never gotten any consistent time in the majors. His forte is defense, especially his arm. David Wells once said of him: "He's throwing 110 (mph) down to first and I'm only pitching 88 to home plate." Maybe he could become somewhat of a Jose Molina.
If we were actually interested in Laird, we should be interested in good ol' Humberto --- especially given that he'd cost all of $400,000. That's what RIvera is making, and a smidge less that what we're paying Munson. (He's also three years younger than Rivera, and two years younger than Munson. In fact, he's only a year older than Vinny Rottino, and, unlike Rottino, actually has a face.)
If the Cream City Crushers are interested, we have until Wednesday.