Option 4: Bryan Holaday
Yeah, this would take some creativity. The Tigers would be carrying three guys whom all were catchers if this happened. Holaday has shown that he can be a solid backup catcher for most teams to keep around, the thing is that he’s out of options and the Tigers have two better catchers right now. Maybe if Holaday would’ve had a better 2014 season we’d be in a different boat, but it’s the season he did the worst and got 60.6 percent of his career plate appearances. That makes his 2013 and 2015 impressive cups of coffee possible outliers. Holaday seems to be motivated to keep his job though as he’s hit four home runs and slashed .448/.467/1.034 this spring in 30 plate appearances.
Keeping Holaday around would mean him having to become more versatile and possibly learning to play some of the corner infield and outfield spots. The Tigers did give him a little time in left field this spring. Holaday would never be anything more than an average fielder at those positions though and he could never play center field. Carrying Holaday would mean Mike Aviles having to play outfield, and Aviles probably couldn’t handle center very well. If Maybin is just out for a few weeks though, it’ll buy the Tigers more time to decide what catcher out of Holaday and Jarrod Saltalamacchia to keep and provide them with righty platoon options. Also, with Victor Martinez’s health questionable Holaday would be an easy guy to throw in as a DH as Victor tries to avoid the DL.