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Tampa Bay Rays’ Current Roster Has Holes, Opportunities

By David Egbert
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March 27, 2013; Sarasota, FL, USA; New York Yankees catcher Bobby Wilson (45) hits a RBI single during the sixth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Backup Catcher

Now we may be talking about a real hole in the lineup. Currently, the Rays have three potential backup catchers including Bobby Wilson (minor league contract), John Jaso, and Curt Casali. Unfortunately, Wilson can’t hit, Jaso can’t catch, and Casali is not major league-ready.

Luckily for the Rays, Rene Rivera is set to be their starting catcher, and he actually has the durability to start 100+ games. The Rays may only need to fill 50-60 games, and if Jaso can simply catch once every couple of weeks, they should be fine. All Wilson has to do is be a warm body as the third backstop until Casali or Luke Maile emerges as an option.