Re: Lavarnway stays
posted at 3/19/2012 8:59 PM EDT
If we are talking about upside both Lava and Salty have potential. Unless trading Salty brings a good SP keeping both of them makes sense.
I doubt Salty alone will get us a quality starter, but he could be part of a deal to get Gavin Floyd or someone else like Wandy.
1. Lava has time to refine his game working with Tuck.
With Salty gone, Lava gets all the work he needs. Since Shopp hits LHPs very well, He could start vs most lefties and Lava could DH for Papi and give him some rest.
2. Salty is well rested and plays better late in the season.
Salty had enough rest last year. VTek had more PAs than all but one back-up catcher last year.
3. The Sox can make adjustments in positions or trade Salty in the off season.
Salty's not good enough to DH or play 1B.
Salty just had his best season of his career.
While his stock might have been higher when he was a young prospect, it is certainly much higher now than when we traded to get him.
I say, trade Salty now and give Lava the job. We still have Shoppach as the back-up and Exposito and Swihart for the near and far future.
I'm not sure if the White Sox would want Salty as a replacement for Pierzynski, but I'd love to add a few players to the deal and get Floyd.