The devastating injury to San Francisco catcher Buster Posey has created a huge void for the Giants. Posey was a fine defensive catcher and also one of the team's offensive leaders.
At the time of the injury, Posey was hitting .284 with four home runs and 21 RBI. The 2010 NL Rookie of the Year also had a solid OBP of .368 and even had three stolen bases.
Posey, in his first full year with the Giants, had also become a team leader and was well respected among his teammates. He and Tim Lincecum were face-of-the-franchise-caliber players.
Eli Whiteside has assumed the starting catcher spot for the Giants, but they would be wise to find another backstop. Whiteside is a good defensive catcher but has never been much of an offensive threat. He is batting only .176 and really is not an everyday player.
Reserve Chris Stewart was playing in Triple-A Fresno prior to Posey's injury. He has played parts of five seasons in the majors and has a career batting average of .176 and OBP of only .222. I do not believe he is a major league-caliber player.
The Giants offense was not a juggernaut prior to losing Posey, so they can not afford zero production from any position in the lineup. GM Brian Sabean will be looking at some options to bolster this position.
The first thing to remember when evaluating the potentially available catchers on the market is that any contender in the National League is extremely unlikely to make any deal to help the Giants. Additionally, any team in the NL West is also not going to help its division rival.
That being said, let's take a look at a few of the catchers the Giants could be targeting.