Safe to say, Tuesday, November 15 has been an incredibly busy day for the Dodgers, who have nearly put the wraps on a monstesr deal for MVP candidate Matt Kemp, signed second baseman Mark Ellis away from the Colorado Rockies, and inked a deal with catcher Matt Treanor.
Isotopes fans, of course, are very familiar with Treanor, who played parts of two seasons in Albuquerque in 2003 and 2004, batting a combined .267 with 19 homers, and 78 RBI in a total of 160 games. Last year, Treanor spent most of the season with the Kansas City Royals, batting .226 with three homers and 21 RBI in 65 games before he was traded to the Rangers on August 31. While he was primarily used as a back-up to Mike Napoli in Texas, Treanor was a starter for the Royals, leading the team in starts at catcher with 62 before he suffered a concussion in a collision at the plate against the Indians on July 30.
So what does this mean for the 2012 Isotopes? Well, barring anything crazy in Spring Training, pencil Tim Federowicz in as Albuquerque’s starting catcher on Opening Day. Make no mistake, the Dodgers are VERY fond of Federowicz (they wouldn’t have traded Trayvon Robinson for him if they weren’t) but as the only catcher among Treanor andA.J. Ellis with Minor League options, it makes sense that Fed-Ex would at least start the year at Triple-A.
Another thing to monitor as Spring Training approaches is the impact the departure of Jamey Carroll to the Twins has on players like Justin Sellers and Ivan De Jesus Jr.? Will they have an opportunity to make the Dodgers as a utility infielder? Stay tuned…