Rumors circulated Tuesday that the Twins are also in the market for another catcher now that Joe Mauer has moved to first base, and cbssports.com reported that former Twin A.J. Pierzynski has been approached, most likely about a one-year contract. Ryan wouldn’t comment directly on those reports, but said he’s not inclined to add a catcher in a “mentor” role to split time with rookie Josmil Pinto.
“Do we have a need? No. We’ve got coaches. We have Mauer. He sits right over there, if [Pinto is] looking for guidance,” Ryan said. “Now, if you’re talking [about] upgrading the position, we can always do that, I guess. But that doesn’t come cheaply. That’s not a part-time [position]. Right now, we’re busy looking for upgrades on the pitching staff.”