It is no secret that the Braves are all-in on the catching market this offseason. Promising prospect William Contreras is years away from the big leagues, and Kurt Suzuki is now a free agent. With Tyler Flowers under contract as a backup, the Braves are searching wide and far for their next catcher. Apparently, their search expands further than just J.T. Realmuto:
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) November 7, 2018
Chirinos, 34, is surely not the sexiest option on the market. He does offer some power behind the plate but has historically hit at a low clip. His defensive ability has declined as well, as he threw out just 10% of potential base stealers last season. A Chirinos signing would be the shaping of a Chirinos-Flowers platoon. Think along the lines of Suzuki-Flowers, but this may or may not be an upgrade.
The Braves may just be weighing all their options here. They could do worse than Chirinos, but they could certainly do better.