Option 3: The Mariners could try and sign Manny Pina
We have to start off by realizing that pending a trade or the surprising release of one of the likely-to-sign club option guys (more on those later), there just aren’t a lot of great options this year.
That’s why Manny Pina comes in a number three on the Mariners target list for changes at catcher. Pina has always been a guy with a low strikeout rate (21.0%) and a strong walk rate (7.6%). His walk rate has been better the last three years as well, averaging 9.5%.
He’s good behind the plate as well. Over the last five seasons, he has averaged a 1.3 dWAR despite playing in just 80 games per season (pro-rated with last year’s shortened season).
Although the offense has been a bit below average, he’s been consistent when it comes to OPS+. 94, 87, 86, 98, 94. There was a strong indicator of improvement though, as he had 13 home runs, a K rate of just 18.3%, with a walk rate of 10.6%. He also had horrendous luck with BABIP, registering a number of just .162. That explains the low slash line, which came in at .189/.293/.439.
Pina will give you solid defense, walks, and put the ball in play. If he has an average season with BABIP, raising those numbers to .240/.330/.480 wouldn’t surprise me in the least.