Tony Sanchez is the only depth at all. Tony Sanchez hasn’t looked very good at the big league level. Sanchez is likely the catcher of the near future. This isn’t a knock on Sanchez. He just doesn’t look ready.
It’s an extraordinarily small sample size, I understand that. He just doesn’t inspire a ton of confidence if he has to pick up any slack.
That’s where Brett Hayes comes in.
He’s not Russell Martin. He’s not a starter in this league long term. What he is though is a potential backup that is pretty good at throwing out runners and the bat has some pop.
Hayes could come in and be that veteran backup for the playoffs. If Matin gets hurt then he splits time with Sanchez.
It’s pretty unlikely that if the Pirates back is against the wall they can get a better catcher than Hayes on the fly. This move costs them nothing. On top of that it has no longterm impact on the development of Tony Sanchez, he can be brought right back up in a few weeks when rosters expand.
The success of the pitching staff has been depth. This addresses depth at another critically important position.
Seems like a no-brainer to me.