American League Cy Young winner Zack Greinke will be pitching to a new catcher in 2010. Miguel Olivo who caught 31 of Greinke’s 33 starts signed a contract with the Colorado Rockies. Olivo hit .249 with 23 homers and 65 RBI. He ranked third in the AL in catching base stealers.
Greinke will be in good hands. Earlier this off-season, the Royals signed veteran catcher Jason Kendall along with six year player Brayan Pena who saw action in 64 games, the most in his career after spending four years with Atlanta where he appeared in just 71 games in that time.
Kendall is a lifetime .290 hitter, but his past three seasons he’s averaged just .244. He is dependable though. Outside of 1999 when Kendall was injured, he has played in no fewer than 130 games in a season.
As for the Rockies, they will get Olivo to team up with Chris Iannetta. Both catchers for the Rockies hit under .250, but the Rockies were unable to come to an agreement with Yorvit Torrealba who hit .291 in 64 games, his best average of his career.