With the departure of Travis d’Arnaud to free agency, the Rays have three catchers on the 40-man roster: Mike Zunino, Michael Perez and Ronaldo Hernandez. While they could get by with the former two as the tandem at the major league level, adding one more name is likely before the offseason is done — but how strong of a name can they land?
On the free agent market, the signing of Yasmani Grandal by the Chicago White Sox took the top catching name off of the board, but there are a handful of lower-tier catchers that are available and capable of taking the starting catcher position.
Two of the best available from that free agent group are worth taking a deeper look at, and one of them is a familiar face.
Jason Castro is one of the better defensive catchers available, consistently posting top-30 framing numbers while also being an above-average blocker. He missed most of 2018 with a torn meniscus, but came back in 2019 to play 80 games for the Twins as their backup catcher behind breakout backstop Mitch Garver.
Castro has had just one season in his…