With Castro aging/on the comeback trail and Garver on the back end of a concussion scare, maybe it would be in the best interest of both to have Astudillo catch once a week and twice on weeks with no off days.Maybe at least try it early in the season and then see where the top two catchers are at after getting into the rigors of a baseball season.
Astudillo obviously brings some other flexibility, so his role could change over the course of the season.He also has options.
Of course, this would likely regrettably come at the expense of Tyler Austin, who I'd like to see given more of a chance.
I agree ,but I don't think this is at the expense of Austin. I don't think he makes the team regardless of Astudillo. They are most likely going to go with an 8 man bullpen, which means 13 pitchers, 8 starting position players, 1 full time DH in Cruz, and a 3 man bench. That bench every day will be the backup catcher, Adrianza as the backup IF who can play SS, and one of the 4 OFs that will make the team - Rosario, Buxton, Kepler and Cave in some order depending on who wins the RF job.
Signing Cruz cost Austin his job. He or Astudillo only makes the team if the Twins decide to start with a 7 man BP. Seems very unlikely.