Austin Hedges. Courtesy of Padres.com
Austin Hedges. Courtesy of Padres.com

The San Diego Padres claimed catcher Josmil Pinto off waivers from the Minnesota Twins Friday, and the move could have a domino effect on the Padres’ catching crew.

Pinto, 27, is an offensive-first catcher who batted .342 with four homers and 12 RBIs in a 21-game stint with the Twins in 2013.

Since then, it’s been tough sledding for Pinto, batting .219 in 57 games in 2014 and not reaching the majors in 2015 due to a concussion and subsequent down numbers.

He’s also regarded as a poor defensive catcher, throwing out 16 percent of runners in his MLB career.

The reason there may be a domino effect is the fact that Pinto is out of options, meaning if the team wanted to send him to the minors next season, he would have to clear waivers.

With the team already in possession of two MLB-ready catchers, it’s possible  general manager A.J. Preller may be thinking about moving either Derek Norris or Austin Hedges.

Hedges is regarded as one of the best defensive catchers in the game, and could pair nicely with an offensive-first catcher like Pinto and save the team money.

Norris is eligible for arbitration for the first time this offseason, and could make in the neighborhood of $3 million, according to the San Diego Union Tribune.

He’s also coming off a career-year in homers (14), RBIs (62) and runners caught stealing (44), meaning some teams may be willing to be pay a high price for his services.

Hedges could also command a strong trade package considering his defensive upside and the fact that he won’t be a free agent until 2022.