A report has surfaced that the Toronto Blue Jays are looking into acquiring Colorado Rockies catcher Chris Iannetta. Danny Knobler from CBSSports.com made the report via Twitter.
With J.P. Arencibia having at least a decent offensive rookie campaign and veteran Jose Molina around as a backup, the interest in Iannetta is puzzling unless another move is on the way involving one of those two players. Knobler, however, does go on to say “Arencibia has power, but scouts say his catching and throwing have both been big problems for Jays.” The Blue Jays also had interest in Iannetta in the offseason.
There is no word on who would be included in the potential deal.
In 308 plate appearances this season with Colorado, Iannetta, 28, has a .221/.375/.402 slash line with ten home runs. He has more walks (59) than hits (54) this season. He is not considered a great fielder, but he is better than Arencibia in that regard.
UPDATES: Andrew Baggerly tweets that the Blue Jays are “working hard on Iannetta, possibly as a precursor to flip Jose Molina to the Giants.” Iannetta is not in the Rockies’ lineup today against the Padres.
Jon Heyman has tweeted that talks are cooling between the Rockies and Blue Jays.
More updates as they come