Re: Extension for Salty? Heres a couple good articles
posted at 7/9/2013 6:55 PM EDT
In response to BMav's comment:
I understand the concept of not wanting to rock the boat at the catcher position mid season and so I am not asking for a trade of Saltalamacchia. However, I am hoping with extreme hope that the Red Sox do not resign him.
I don't care how many times people repeat how he is an average defender. Its crap.
Where to begin? Fan graphs has rated his defense as negative 7 of 8 years. The lone exception is 2010, when he played just 12 games. He is minus -20.6 for his career.
His Defensive Runs Scored rating this season is 62-64 catchers. Third worst in baseball at -6. He ranks 2nd worst out of 66 catchers over the last 2 seasons at -11. And he is 2nd worst in the last 3 seasons at -15 total. And -22 for his career.
He is still a terrible thrower.
His CERA is still very bad at 4.19. Compared to Ross's 3.04. Even Lavarnway is better so far this year. And these horrible CERA numbers are coming off of horrible numbers the last two seasons aswell. Three straight seasons more then a run worse then the number two catcher is incredibly awful. This is the main reason I think he should not be resigned.
On offense he has a good OPS of .799. However, its is being sustained by a crazy high BABIP of .401, second highest in baseball with atleast 200 PA's. His offense this season is actually worse then last year if you take luck out of it. His K rate is at 34.6% making Napoli look like a contact hitter. I predict by the end of the year he will have his 8th straight year below a .750 OPS while playing all 8 years in hitters parks.
Lavarnway and Ross should be the Red Sox catchers next year. Although I would be open to another veteran catcher other then Saltalamacchia.
In Depth With Jarrod Saltalamacchia
by David Laurila - July 9, 2013
Jarrod Saltalamacchia has come a long way behind the plate. “Salty” isn’t among the elite at his position, but he’s developed into a solid defensive catcher. He is certainly among the most cerebral. Once looked at as an offense-first backstop, he is playing a key role in the success of a Boston Red Sox pitching staff that is exceeding expectations.
Thats the 1st paragraph from the link that I just posted from fangraphs. Apparently they dont think hes as bad as you do. Hes come a long way, especially over the last 16months. Hes just 28yrs old and is developing ointo a good MLB catcher. Problem is some fans want elite at all positions. Salty, compared to all MLB starting catchers is in the top 3rd. If you think we have, or are going to sign the next buster Posey or Y. Molina, think again. Most teams arent that lucck and would love to have a guy like saly on their team.
By the way, Moon did a better analysis in the correct, or at least closer to the correct context. Those who didnt like salty will never like him. Those like me who have an open mind and understand that players can improve and its not uncommon to see it at Saltys age, understand and can see the improvement. But hey, just go ahead and sign Ruiz for a year and let me know how you feel next June/July.
Maybe they wont sign him and thats fine, but to say hes a terrible catcher is so off the mark and shows a lack of what to watch for that the stats do not tell us. Defensive stats are very subjective and especially at catcher where there are so many intangibles that stats do not count for.