Diamondbacks asking around about catching, but finding price is too high

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After dealing Miguel Montero to the Cubs in December, the Diamondbacks currently project to go with a combination of Tuffy Gosewisch and Oscar Hernandez behind the plate. Who, you might ask? Exactly. With that in mind, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic hears that the Diamondbacks have asked the Cubs about Welington Castillo and the Blue Jays about Dioner Navarro. However, Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart says the club isn’t making much progress in trade talks.

“We’ve not made a whole lot of headway in that area yet,” Stewart said. “Without really giving up something that’s going to cost us a player that we don’t want to give away, we don’t have a whole lot of motion yet.”

With an obvious need behind the plate, the Diamondbacks don’t have much leverage at the moment, so Stewart says that teams are asking for their “top guys” — meaning top prospects — in return. He’s not willing to budge right now.

Gosewisch, 31, owns a .213/.225/.287 batting line over 55 games in the majors. Hernandez, 21, was selected from the Rays in the Rule 5 Draft in December and batted .249/.301/.401 with nine home runs and 63 RBI over 94 games last season in A-ball. Barring any changes in the coming days, they’ll have to hope that the rest of their lineup makes up for what could be the weakest catching tandem in the majors.

Apparent roster snafu changes Blue Jays pitching plans

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ATLANTA — An apparent roster snafu forced the Toronto Blue Jays to change their pitching plans for Thursday night’s game at the Atlanta Braves.

After Nate Pearson gave up three runs in five innings, manager Charlie Montoyo brought in right-hander Jacob Waguespack to open the sixth.

As Waguespack walked to the mound, he was greeted by home plate umpire Alan Porter, who apparently delivered some bad news: The right-hander wasn’t on the 28-man active roster for the game.

The Blue Jays optioned Waguespack and infielder Santiago Espinal to the team’s alternate training site on Thursday to reach the 28-man roster limit.

Montoyo told reporters before the game Waguespack had been recalled when right-hander Trent Thornton was placed on the 10-day injured list with right elbow inflammation. That move apparently was not processed, leaving Waguespack off the active roster.

Waguespack walked to the dugout and Montoyo brought in Rafael Dolis as the official replacement for Pearson.