Chris Iannetta just retired, but maybe he should’ve called the Cleveland Indians first because they are in desperate need of help at catcher.
New York Yankees catcher Chris Iannetta just retired. Hopefully, he’s not too committed to the idea, because the Cleveland Indians need all the help they can get at catcher. Even when Roberto Perez is healthy, Iannetta could still be a valuable piece to the team as a backup. He’s healthy, and the Yankees clearly don’t want him anymore, so why not give the veteran a shot?
While he did only hit .220 last season, Sany Leon is hitting .080. That’s 140 points worse. Iannetta an instant upgrade. It’s not like he’d need time to get into shape, as he’s been apart of the Yankees main squad up until his release. So he could easily just come sliding in and start for the Tribe. Ianetta is also someone seen by many as a good influence on the younger players and on the pitching staff he catches for.
It’s a win-win situation for the team and for Ianetta. It’s also not like we haven’t seen players unretired fast before. Daniel Bard un-retired after seven years away and actually made the Colorado Rockies major league roster and he’s playing really well.
Iannetta has only been retire for about a day. He could totally still come back. Even if he’s not good, he’d be better than any of the options the Indians have at catcher. That should be noted too, that the Indians have plenty of options at catcher. They’re just all bad options. Even when Perez does come back, he isn’t known for his offensive prowess, so it’s not bad to have an option like Iannetta on hand.
It’s not known if the Indians even considered Ianetta or they’re just going to ride with who they have and not worry about acquiring any veteran talent this year. Which wouldn’t be the worst idea to avoid a trade of any assets in a 60 game season, but if all you need to do is claim Ianetta and he’s yours, why wouldn’t you?