Re: Extension for Salty? Heres a couple good articles
posted at 7/14/2013 4:59 PM EDT
It's obvious that we keep Salty for the rest of the season. With his improvement, and more importantly, Ross out, there is no trade talk.
What I'm opposed to is overpaying him next year.
We are supposedly sitting on some quality catching prospects that I would like to see more of. It's not just Lava.
How good they look might tell us a lot about what we do next.
We may try to sign Salty to a short deal, so as not to block the prospects. My positions is that if one of our prospects prospers, we can then trade Salty or the prospect for a nifty return. Better to be safe than sorry at the catching position.
We have a numbers open positions next year and 1 or more rising prospects eager to win the each position. However, to be a top contender, it is highly unlikely we hand over the reigns to 4-5 young players. My guess is that Ben will choose one slot he feels is our weakest and go big via free agency or trade, and then sign a couple guys that can act as a bridge player in case they are not ready yet, or to be capable back-ups for one or more positions.
Here are the openings and possible replacements:
C: Lava, Ross, Vazquez with Swihart and Denny farther away
CF: Bradley, Victorino (move Nava to RF and use Carp/Gomes in LF or Brentz wins RF)
3B: Bogaerts, Middlebrooks, Holt, Snyder (or Iggy) with Cecchini perhaps farther away.
1B: Carp, Papi (in NL parks), Nava, Midds, Snyder and Almanzar/Shaw farther away.
SP: Morales, Aceves, Webster, Ranaudo, Workman, Britton, DLR, Wright, or others
RP: Wilson, de la Torre, or others
I have no big argument with those who have faith in Ross/Lava/Vazquez as our catcher, as long as we upgrade at some of these other slots, but personally, I have more faith in Bogaerts/Middlebrooks/Cecchini at 3B than Lava/Vazquez at catcher. I have more faith in Bradley and Brentz added to the OF that already has Victorino, Nava, Gomes, and Carp going into 2014 than counting on Vazquez/Lava at catcher. I have more faith in Carp/Middlebrooks and Nava at 1B next year than Lava/Vazquez at Catcher. The only position I have less faith in, is our 6th starter and bullpen outlook next year. (Actually, our 6th starter may be OK, but I want to upgrade our #2 or 3 starter, so our 4th, 5th, and 6th starters look better as well.