I'd take VMart over Crawford mostly for the money saved, but I'd rather have neither and have used all the money to spread out the upgrades.
I agree, but AGon at 1B will be much batter than the Youk/Lowell/Anderson combo at 1B last year and our OF defense should be much better.
We have faced 10 starting lfties and 12 righties. The opps have found our weakness and are seeking to exploit it.
Interestingly, in the small sample size of 22 games, we have done even worse vs RHPs in terms of BA/OBP/Slg%, but have scored more runs!
vs RHPs: .233/.325/.357/.681 (56 runs/12 games: 4.7/gm)
vs LHPs: .243/.334/.395/.730 (37 runs/10 games: 3.7/gm)
I don't think the only options were CC, Beltre, AGon, an VMart.
We are extremely vulnerable at catcher and Victor's bat would have been huge in this lineup in place of Tek and Salty.
Except he's not a FT atcher anymore.
Russell Martin probably does stink as a catcher but he's probably a heck of a lot better than Salty. That would have been $5 - $6 mil well spent and possibly that was their objective and they just lost out to the Yanks.
Hard to fault Theo for not outbidding for this guy. In hindsight I looks like the Yanks got a great deal (small sample size), but at the time he was a huge gamble.
The reality is that Martinez probably wouldn't catch more than half the games but having him available makes us a lot better team in the playoffs especially.
You mean 0-3 like 2009? You are discounting what pitchers do when throwing to VMart.
Considering that we are paying some of these other guys over twice as much as Victor would have cost, it would have been money well spent. He could have slid right into the DH spot next year and still given us a decent back up catcher.
VMart is not a great hitter for the DH or 1B slot even now. Project an age decine and it was not worth it. I'll take a .220 catcher combo that gets a much better ERA from out staff.