San Diego Padres: Three catchers to target at the deadline

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San Diego Padres: Shipping up to Boston

A couple of weeks ago, we discussed the team acquiring veteran backstop Christian Vazquez from the Boston Red Sox. You can find that piece here.

The Padres could be the perfect fit for Vázquez. When the article was written, Vázquez was hitting over .300 with a handful of home runs and RBI. The Red Sox are riding the struggle bus hard this season, and for a team out of contention, moving Vázquez seems like a likely option. Vázquez is making $4.2 million this season and has a club option in 2022. Now could be the perfect time to pull the trigger.

The 29-year-old has been just below replacement-level in terms of production, which is far and away better than any Padres catcher. He is slashing .260/.295/.430 in 28 games and the upgrade, should San Diego acquire his services, could be a big boon for a young team in playoff contention.

The Padres would most likely not have to overpay for the services of Vázquez and could move a deal under the table for minimal impact. It would help the offense and give them a decent enough backup who has saved nine runs in the past two years.