Re: A Realistic Look at 2011: Part II
posted at 4/30/2011 2:22 PM EDT
To me, reserve OF usually are easily available for around $1 mil. Kapler and I believe most of our recent reserve OF have been in that range, even the typical #4.
For this reason, why would someone give up a good catcher to pay Cam $7.5M when they can get close to that for $1-2M? The reasons you use to want to get rid of Cam are the same reasons nobody will trade a good catcher for him and his contract.
We lose a very important RH platoon bat for sure but we still had McDonald and Linares who both projected to be close to the same RH bats at this point in their careers, for well over $6.5 mil less per year.
The problem is we need a righty bat for Drew and Crawford, as well as for Salty an maybe Papi as the season pregresses. DMac fills one slot: Linares is not a sure thing.
Cameron, at 39 years old, is probably not the same bat he was in Milwaukee 2 years ago, in a very cozy HR park.
Again, so why would someone give up a helpful catcher for him?
Isn't Fenway a cozy HR park also?
Cameron could well be a starter on a lot of teams and we had likely problems at catcher. I would rather they picked up a guy like Russell Martin with the cash Cameron was costing even if we had to eat his salary.
1) In hindsight, so far, it seems like Martin was a great choice. I had pushed for a catcher pick up all winter long.
2) If we ate some of Crawford's salary, or most of it, we could have signed Martin and broke about even, cost wise.
3) Linares has not done well so far in AAA. DMac has not done great either.
Good platoon catchers are generally available in the $3-4 mil range. Even Russell Martin ended up costing under $6 mil if I remember correctly.
I heard he didn't want to play here.
That's where I was coming from.
In theory, I agree boom. I' like to have a $7Mcatcher instead of Cam as well, but then we'd need another righy bat a well... who? and at what cost?