In response to craze4sox's comment:
In response to southpaw777's comment:
Looks like Salty will be the starter with David Ross the BU, but getting more starts than a true BU. That tells me it might be more of a 90-70 type split in games started.
Lavarnway is still young for as long as he has been catching and should be in AAA for one more year. Salty should get his final arb year to put it all together. Hes improved, whether any of you guys believe it or like it...IMO, He deserves, and has earned to start his final arb year. I hope this is what their final decision is. It would be the best move.
edit: I hate the fact you cant edit the title if you accidentally spell something wrong. Hear that forum creators???
Ben didn't say anything about Salty sticking around southpaw. From what I read, He said Salty "as of now" is the starter heading into ST because he has played well "maybe in his eyes" because even Tek was better early on and later in his career. Ben also said he wasn't going to trade young prospects in order to improve the club.
So what is he really saying?
#1 We sign a FA or two in hopes of improving our club, but wait, as of now we don't have AGon and have yet to sign Ross so he better grab a slew of FA's.
#2 Lavarnway plays in AAA which I don't see happening for very long but then again Ben says he won't trade top prospects to improve our club.
#3 Beckett gets replaced with Lackey OH BOY!
I hope Ben is just throwing out smoke and mirrors and has a real plan to improve this club because everyone in our division is now as good or better..
No one in the Front Office is going to publicly discuss who they may or may not trade. It's common sense. It's been rumored that the Sox have actively shopped Salty for weeks now, but they aren't going to give him away, since he still has value to the club. The catching market has yet to develop yet, so it may be a while before they do anything.
Also, not sure what you read or heard, but Ben Cherington or anyone else who makes personnel decisions in the Front Office never said that "they aren't going to trade any prospects." They will trade prospects this winter, that's a fact. My guess is the only one who is "untouchable" is Boegarts, and even he could be made available in the right deal. A good G.M. will feed the press crap and keep them in the dark, which is exactly what he's done.