Re: Extension for Salty? Heres a couple good articles
posted at 7/11/2013 10:57 AM EDT
In response to lasitter's comment:
Everyone can agree that Salty has improved dramatically, and is one of the top offensive catchers in the game now.
I personally see catching as a predominantly defensive position. Blocking and throwing are the main skills I look at. When it comes to game "calling", a lot of that happens before the game ever starts. Pitchers ultimately make the final call because they're holding the ball.
I've heard people talk about 8-13m per year for multiple years. That's not chump change.
We're supposedly carrying a lot of talent at this position under control for years, and cheaply.
I wish we would focus on the opportunity cost of that 8-13m. What else could we buy with it? If you take that money, plus what you might pay to extend Napoli, you now have Cliff Lee covered (or some other elite pitcher) .
Wait for free agency and some nice arms will become available. Or splurge on some premium RH bat. Or some of both!
No decision happens in a vacuum. What else could you do with the money? Think.
I would resign Salty before Naps, who would probably cost more. Nobody has mentioned paying salty a salary of 13M per. Thats only if they offer him a QO. the most Ive seen mentioned is 7-10M per and 3-4 years. You can usually find a good 1b. Not so much a catcher. They arent getting Cliff Lee, so thats probably not a realistic option. He didnt want to come here anyway and BC is not giving up the prospects it will take to get him. Lavarnway has proved nothing and every other catcher is at least 2 years away.
Our biggest off season need will be at the catchers position. Who know whats gonna happen with Ross. Lavarnway is a huge ? and most scouts and people within the organization look at him as a BU catcher/1b/DH, Vasquez and Swihart are at least 2 yrs away. Big need at this position...
we have all 5 starters lined up for next year as well as a few prospects that will be knocking on the door. Although you cant have enough pitching, its not a glaring need.
We have a couople internal options at 1b, but could easily sign a 1yr stop gap for a decent price.
all set at 2b/SS
3b, WMB, Bogey and Cecchini right behind them. Also have good BU options with Snyder and Holt.
JBJ, Nava, Carp, Gomes, Mabye Brentz next year. I could see them acquiring some help for the OF too.
Always need BP arms
So as far as in order of importance, Id say...