In response to pumpsie-green's comment:
Players and coaches who only play against him a few times a year voted him for that award. Scouts who see him a lot more say otherwise, so the award doesnt mean that much. Only that he improved from terrible to below average. They dont have time for another project. Didnt you guys watch him play? Hes a passed ball machine. He tries to backhand everything and isnt quick enough, like Salty, to slide and block balls. His game calling and pitch framing has also been brough into question from scouts. they are not impressed with him. His offense has taken a big hit because of the demands for the position, which is expected.
So, Do you keep a below average defensive catcher with ok offensive numbers, or do you put him in a place where you play to his strengths? Play him at 1b which isnt nearly as demanding as C, let him get that swing back and we should see the BA, OBP and HR totals jump. Atleast playing there gives him the best chance to play to his best atribute...His bat.
Id rather set him up for success now. Hes NOT the catcher of the future, so it makes no sense to keep him there. Why trade him when he doesnt have much value? I would even feel more comfortable with him platooning at 1b with Carp/Nava than catching, then maybe taking over FT if it works out.
As I said, I have no problem giving him a shot at 1B either. When Salty got here via trade with Texas he was much worse than Lavarnway, yet they gave him a chance. No one knows if Lavarnway can work out at catcher until he is given a fair shot. Significant improvement IS possible; and I do like his bat, despite an off year.
By the way...great pics, thanks. I enjoyed them.