The Dodgers will have an interesting situation with their catchers heading into the 2021 season. The lack of the universal DH at the moment sort of complicated some of their plans. But the addition of Trevor Bauer could end up further complicating the situation behind the dish.
The Dodgers are likely to mostly use Will Smith behind the plate in 2021. The exception to that would be with Clayton Kershaw, who prefers to have teh defensive-first Austin Barnes catching his games. But if Barnes ends up being the preferred catcher of Walker Buehler as well, it could get weird.
Trevor Bauer talked about catchers after his first Spring Training game of the year. The Dodgers biggest free-agent signing discussed the importance of relationships and building trust in the first couple of weeks of working with guys behind the plate.
Yeah for sure, it’s mainly like the pace. If you can get on the same page and you’re thinking along with each other, the pace of the game goes a lot quicker. And that swings things in favor of the pitcher…That’s just one part of it. Framing pitches is big, understanding how quick do I need to be to the plate to give you guys a chance…