After trading Kurt Suzuki to the Oakland Athletics last August, the Nationals lacked a true backup catcher, with Jhonatan Solano and Sandy Leon sharing the role for the rest of the season. Three months into the offseason, the question of who will be the team’s backup catcher in 2014 still remains. And given Wilson Ramos‘s struggles with injuries over the past few years, finding a true backup catcher is one of the most important issues the team will have to address during Spring Training.
Although there are still a few catching options remaining in the free agent market, general manager Mike Rizzo and the Nationals are hoping they can find what they need in-house. As of right now, Solano, Leon and Chris Snyder will compete for the role during Spring Training. As for which one of them will actually earn the job… that’s anybody’s guess.