In response to southpaw777's comment:
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As of this moment, Salty has the worst dwar of all starting catchers in baseball. dwar is overall defensive value. Salty's is currently negative by the largest amount in baseball for a catcher:
The team is 12 games over .500. We are in 1st place. Salty has caught the majority of those games. The pitching staff as a whole is performing very well. I've watched every game and cannot think of one where Salty's defensive play has come close to costing us a game. I like a lot of the newer statistics out there. He is by all accounts a good teammate and clubhouse guy who gets what it means to play in Boston. At some point, you can take his dwar and throw it out the window. Did I mention they are playing good baseball and are in 1st place?
Some folks here will site any stat and rely on that stat 100% to make their decision. Also, those that never wanted him at catcher or have not liked him will use those numbers too. Unfortunately, catching is a LOT more than just numbers. A LOT. you can take your dwar to someone who cares. I see the staff pitching great, especially when they have a guy like Salty who they are comfortable with. He hasnt "lost" any games for us not matter how much some here want to suggest it. His offense has improved a lot this year. hes is not done improving and will only get better over the next few years. If the Sox dont resign him, there will be a number of teams that will be glad to pay him well for his services.
It really is ALL about comfort. Pitchers are creatures of habit. All these war and dwar stats are ridiculous. The bottom line is....right now, these guys like throwing to him. That's all that matters. I'm not saying AT ALL that I would extend him for 4 or 5 yrs, like somebody will. But I AM CERTAINLY NOT going to trade him this yr just to make sure I get a prospect when he walks. They're in first place. He's doing well, the staff is doing well...but oh...let's break it up and make sure we get a prospect...don't think so..