Re: How aggressive does Ben go to keep Ells, Nap, And Drew
posted at 9/15/2013 6:54 AM EDT
In response to ctredsoxfanhugh's comment:
It appears the Sox have very little confidence in Lavarnway and Vasquez spent the entire year in Portland. One has horrid defensive skill and the othe still has a lot of work to do defensively despite having a high defensive ceiling. If the question is, what will the Sox do? I'd put money they'd be willing to overspend than trust some combination of Ross/Lavarnway/Vasquez. Swihart is likely years away, Salty/Vasquez is a possibility in a few years and I will fully at crow if I'm wrong.....and I expect the same from others.
For me Ross/Lavarnway/Vasquez is plan E. Here are the options.....
Plan A-Ruiz at a reasonable deal.
Plan B-McCann at a reasonable deal.
Plan C-Salty at a reasonable deal.
Plan D1-Trade for player X D2-Trade for player Y D3-Trade for player Z. Not sure of all the possibilities in trade yet although I like Hanigan and he likely could be available so I will call him player X.
Plan E1-Vasquez E2-Lavarnway E3-Butler
Thats about nine total options to find atleast a 90 game starting catcher. Seems something will work out. The most likely being Salty on a "reasonable" deal at less then 14 million.
On the point about Vasquez's experience, here is the experience from some of the starting catchers in baseball.....
McCann in bigs at 21
Mauer in bigs at 21
Molina in bigs at 21
Perez in bigs at 21
Martin in bigs at 23
Posey in bigs at 22
Wieters in bigs at 23
Avilla in bigs at 22
Castro in bigs at 23
Rosario in bigs at 22
Montero in bigs at 22
Ramos in bigs at 22
Zunino in bigs at 22
Santana, Lucroy and Norris had 58 games or less in AAA aswell.
Vasquez will be 23
AAA---1 game already
Vasquez has the third most experience in AA. One player with more skipped AAA[Rosario], the other[Martin] had 23 games in AAA. All 16 starting catchers above had less then 100 games in AAA. And 9 had less then 40 games. Three had none.
Vasquez is known for his defense. And Vasquez is known to be a proffesional hitter with plate discipline[48/44 BB/K rate this year]. I see no reason on paper he isn't ready early next season. And he is just plan E-1.