The 14 year veteran Kurt Suzuki enters free agency for the fourth time in his Major League career, after spending time with the Oakland A’s, Washington Nationals, Minnesota Twins and Atlanta Braves, and winning a World Series with the Nationals in 2019. The 37 year old, has long been a solid everyday catcher in the big leagues, and has gotten better in the last four seasons, averaging a .804 OPS, versus his career OPS of .708. In 2020, splitting time with Yan Gomes, while he still posted solid numbers, looking at the average, OBP and OPS, his advanced numbers were down significantly, ranking in the bottom 3rd percentile in both Exit Velocity and Hard Hit percentage. While those numbers were down, he still found a way to contribute, and mashed pitcher offspeed pitches, maintaining his production from 2019 against the pitch, and posting a .667 SLG against the pitch in limited chances.
DRS and OAA are not very kind to Suzuki in his career, and 2020 was no different, as the Cal State Fullerton alumni has posted a -76 DRS in his career, with -4 in 2020, and was in the bottom 4th percentile when it came to framing metrics. Suzuki has developed more into a game manager behind the plate, with a managers mind that allows him to make up for his lack of catching ability, and to coach pitchers of all ages in the big leagues through outings, which besides what the metrics say, is still very valuable to a team.
There will be a handful of teams interested in Suzuki even with his defensive liabilities, especially after the stellar 2019 season he posted.
These are the teams I believe are in contention to sign Suzuki: Colorado Rockies, Los Angeles Angels, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox
Final Landing Spot Prediction: Kurt Suzuki signs a 2yr/11 million dollar deal with the Los Angeles Angels
2021 Stat Line Prediction: .269/.345/.411 .756 OPS 11 HR 48 RBI