Lavarnway at First

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    Lavarnway at First

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    This seems like an obvious thing to try. I would give him a look in left field too.

     
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    Unless some unknown former great catcher decides to come back and takes Lavarnway's body over his trying to transform into a 1B man would be a good idea.

     
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    If he can transition to first base and rediscover the 25-30 HR power he showed prior to 2012, we might have something interesting on our hands.

     

     
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    People should check out his Minor League stats on Offense. Darn good hitter, he's been bounced from third base to Catcher, now 1st Baseman. Too many fans expect too much from kids.
    He has always hit. Even when learning new Position. I like Lavarnway.

     
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    Makes sense, bat could still be there and this gives them a depth option at 2 positions they are thin at. 

     
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    Would this make him "The next George Scott"?  Laughing

    Actually, I like this move.  Lava is the prototypical 1B with limited range, what SHOULD be a good mitt, and good (potentiail) power. Besides, he has no future at catcher with what's in the pipeline, so why not?

     
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    With Swihart and Vazquez on the rise, it makes most sense for Lava to move to 1B/DH.

     
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    I would like to quote BurritoT from September 2011, January 2012, August 2012, January 2013, August 2013, and December 2013 -

    "If I am the Sox I am throwing Lav a first-base-mans mitt immediately"

     
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    Sometimes a great notion.  Southpaw has been saying this a while too.  Nothing like a first baseman who can fill in at catch if needed, especially with old catchers manning the position.

     
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    In response to tripleb2066's comment:
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    http://fenwayrefugees.com/posts/51234

    This seems like an obvious thing to try. I would give him a look in left field too.

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    Trade the guy. He stinks and can't run. You want him running around in LF when he can't run.

     
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    In response to tripleb2066's comment:
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    http://fenwayrefugees.com/posts/51234

    This seems like an obvious thing to try. I would give him a look in left field too.

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    Trade the guy. He stinks and can't run. You want him running around in LF when he can't run.

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    I said take a look in spring training, not the world series.  Did he play the outfield in college?

     
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    In response to tripleb2066's comment:
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    This seems like an obvious thing to try. I would give him a look in left field too.

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    Anyone remember how Billy Beane took a former catcher off the hands of the Red Sox and immediately gave him a first baseman's mitt.  Said player had 4 very decent seasons with the A's and finished up with a couple of very good seasons with the Reds.

     

     

    SCOTT HATTEBERG

     
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       YESSSSSSS, the redemption of BILL-806  !!!!   We need his bat for Fenway PAAAAK....  A HIGH-BREAD of Carlton Fisk & George Scott (Scott was mentioned above) ,   I love it, Ben really does pay attention to this board, DAD & BILL-806 !!!

     
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    High-bread?

    And it isn't redemption. they are saying he isn't good enough to be a catcher. 

    I see another Jeff Bailey.

     
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    High-bread?

    And it isn't redemption. they are saying he isn't good enough to be a catcher. 

    I see another Jeff Bailey.

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    Agree. I don't see a great future for Lavarnway no matter where they play him.

     
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    Lava should have been moved to first base at the beginning of last season........ it's pretty clear he is not a catcher, he doesn't seem fluid enough plus the preparation required for the position seems to have taken away from his biggest asset -his bat-

     

    but i guess showing up late to the party is better than not showing up at all.

     
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    This move should have been made 2 years ago. He's not a catcher defensively.

     
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    In response to tripleb2066's comment:
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    http://fenwayrefugees.com/posts/51234

    This seems like an obvious thing to try. I would give him a look in left field too.

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    Anyone remember how Billy Beane took a former catcher off the hands of the Red Sox and immediately gave him a first baseman's mitt.  Said player had 4 very decent seasons with the A's and finished up with a couple of very good seasons with the Reds.

     

     

    SCOTT HATTEBERG

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    We got a Bingo, anybody check out 1st Baseman for Cards. Looks like a guard in the NFL, but he can hit.

     
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    If you look at his UZR/150 last year he was an average defensive catcher. Too small a sample size for sure but he doesn't deserve the ridicule he gets. He hit .299 and was average defensively. That sounds like a real decent backup catcher to me. The guy has near zero chance as a 1st basemen. This is simply a way to make him a more useful sub. Adding value to his profile.

     
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    If you look at his UZR/150 last year he was an average defensive catcher. Too small a sample size for sure but he doesn't deserve the ridicule he gets. He hit .299 and was average defensively. That sounds like a real decent backup catcher to me. The guy has near zero chance as a 1st basemen. This is simply a way to make him a more useful sub. Adding value to his profile.

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    what makes you say that boom? first base is 100X easier to play than catcher.... and it will probably improve his bat due to not having to deal with the physical rigors  of catching and the mental preparation. I'd say he has a better chance of being a FT 1Bman than he does as a FT catcher..... hell, when Ross got injured last season it seemed like it was Lavas time to shine and they still started Salty virtually every day instead of him. that's pretty telling.

     
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    In response to RedsoxProspects' comment:
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    If you look at his UZR/150 last year he was an average defensive catcher. Too small a sample size for sure but he doesn't deserve the ridicule he gets. He hit .299 and was average defensively. That sounds like a real decent backup catcher to me. The guy has near zero chance as a 1st basemen. This is simply a way to make him a more useful sub. Adding value to his profile.

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    His CERA has been consistently awful though.  It's clear the team has very little confidence in him as a catcher.  This was evidenced by how little he played last year when Ross was injured.

     

     
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    In response to RedsoxProspects' comment:
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    If you look at his UZR/150 last year he was an average defensive catcher. Too small a sample size for sure but he doesn't deserve the ridicule he gets. He hit .299 and was average defensively. That sounds like a real decent backup catcher to me. The guy has near zero chance as a 1st basemen. This is simply a way to make him a more useful sub. Adding value to his profile.

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    Agreed.  He had muliple chances to win the catching job and failed every time.  Now he has no position to play and he's floating in purgatory.  He is not the answer as our future 1baseman once Napps leaves or transitions to DH.  He is CERTAINLY not the answer in the field.  I just think this is a solid way to boost his trade value.  His value has taken a huge hit when he went from our most promising young power hitters to nothing more than a linedrive singles hitter.  I said it years ago....he should have been packaged a while ago when his stock was high and a ton of teams were looking for catchers. 

     
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    Let's face it.  One doesn't have to be an outstanding athlete to play 1B.  1B is at or near the bottom of the defensive spectrum.  I give you Prince Fielder as an example.  However, catching is a difficult position to play and if a player can be an average catcher (CERA excluded as it has little to do with defensive abilities) there's no reason to think he can't play a solid 1B.

    However, if a team has an average 1B who can HIT there's a place for him.  (Again, Prince Fielder  - who has an unfortunate surname considering his fielding skills). In five of the last six years Lava has had MiLB OPS of ~.700 - .900 and there's every reason to think that an average defensive catcher would be above average at 1B with some work.

    Given the fact that the Sox are notoriously thin at 1B I'd give Lava a trip to Pawtucket and a 1B mitt and see how it works out.  Low risk, high reward.  Whadda ya got to lose???

     
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    People should check out his Minor League stats on Offense. Darn good hitter, he's been bounced from third base to Catcher, now 1st Baseman. Too many fans expect too much from kids.
    He has always hit. Even when learning new Position. I like Lavarnway.

    [/QUOTE] B I N G O  DAT !!!


     
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