With Sano making the trip down to Ft. Myers to start his rehab assignment, the discussion on whose roster spot is vulnerable seems worthy of discussion.
With three catchers on the roster, conventional wisdom would suggest that one of those slots would be the first place the front office will look. It is clear that Baldelli is struggling with how to get all three catchers innings behind the plate. Garver's performance both offensively and defensively has been one of the pleasant surprises of the first couple of weeks of the season. I have to believe that Baldelli is going to pencil his name into the lineup more often than your typical backup backstop. At the start of the season most would have agreed that La Tortuga would be optioned when Sano returns. However, his strong bat and versatility, not to mention his fearless playing style, is making him a valuable ingredient to team chemistry.
That leaves Jason Castro as the odd man out.He has played sparingly and hasn't distinguished himself when he has had opportunities.The $8M remaining on his contract would be a tough pill to swallow if they DFA'd him, but I would have to believe there is a team that might deal for him for some catching depth.I would suspect the Twins would need to eat some of the contract, but they would also get another lottery ticket prospect.
Moving him out of the organization would definitely test the depth they have at the position if Garver or Astudillo got hurt. There is no other catcher on the 40-man, and no immediate option to add someone, which means the team would likely need to look outside the organization for a third option.
Is Jason Castro on his way out in MN?