Re: Package Salty for Ring?
posted at 6/16/2013 1:20 PM EDT
In response to lasitter's comment:
In response to TheExaminer's comment:
[QUOTE]I say not only keep him, but sign him long term. Hes finally starting to match his potential. The one question is whether or not he'll stay strong in late summer.
There are multiple questions:
What would it cost to sign him long term? If he's as great as everyone is saying right now, maybe it takes a qualifying offer to keep him. Does anyone really think he's worth 14m?
I truly believe Salty will get a 4yr deal from someone. My guess is in the 8Mish range. I also believe he might leave a mil or two on the table to stay in Boston. Thats just MHO though. If Salty was offered a QO and accepted it, It wouldnt be all bad. Although an overpay by about 5, he would be the best guy to hold a spot for Christian Vasquez for a year. It would only be a year and shouldnt hinder the team in pursuing other team needs.
What is his remaining upside versus downside potential?
Upside is familiarity with the staff, how comfortable they are with him, improving offense and defense, and he is still getting better.
Downside is pitching staff not having nearly as good a working relationship with Ross or lavarnway. I think thats huge and could greatly effect the starters performances.
Do we see him as the next Carlton Fisk?
Fisk is a HOF'er and its not fair to make that comparison. Could he be a great fit going forward for this team and continue improving? Yes. Could he be an AS catcher? I believe he could. Hes a great team guy who works hard and has shown great improvement since coming here and is still improving. I believe a lot of teams would love to have him behind the plate on their team.
If you think he'll break with tradition and continue this hot streak in the 2nd half, then fine, keep him. Otherwise I just don't see him as a lynchpin that gets us deep into October, as opposed to the right arm.
Im also concerned about his 2nd half issues, but like the rest of his game, I think it will also improve this year too. Enough to take the chance and keep him in his current role with this team for the rest of the season.