Re: Report: Sox looking to upgrade at catcher, not happy with salty
posted at 5/2/2013 12:21 PM EDT
In response to teddybaseball009's comment:
In response to redsoxpride34's comment:
There was an article on bleacher report today that sighted recent comments from buster olney that other execs beieve the sox are looking into acquiring an upgrade over salty behind the plate sooner rather than later. in terms of in house options, ryan lavarnway is the obvious choice, but the question is, is he really an upgrade? i would say he deserves a shot before we look to deal for anyone. in terms of the trade market, our options are pretty limited. The first name that comes to mind and perhaps the most likely target is Brian McCann. The braves have a replacement in evan gattis and a prospect who could be the eventual catcher of the future for them. McCan is in his walk year and the chances of him being re-signed are slim. The braves will likely be open to moving him for the right price. McCann is 29, can hit and plays pretty good d. I would be all for going after him as we could really use an upgrade at catcher. what do you guys think?
It is welcome news to this fan. Olney is a good reporter. I know zero about the bleacher report but harken to Buster. I truely believed management was happy with salty to my dismay. I think both Lavy and satly are DHs at best. Esposito is probably the best bet down the line. Better baseball teams are very strong "up the middle" and we are really weak at "number two". McCann as a rental is ok if not too expensive but I would really like to get Mauer and I do believe it is possible. We have lots of parts that have been overachieving and lots of quality prospects and at least three catchers we could throw at Minn.
WE had a Louis Exposito, but got rid of his sorry azz a couple years ago. I believe baltimore just gave him his outright release too.
Heres a link to our depth charts
Christian Vasquez, IMO, will be the next Sox FT catcher for a long time. He could be here sometime next year and definitely by 2015, unless he gets injured or has a huge regression. Hes done great so far in AA, so Im not too worried about his ability behind the dish and at the plate.
Not sure why you want to pay a high BA/OBP guy with no power and a history of injuries that will move him off the position before 2018 23M per. Mauer is no where near worth that. That would be a total waste of money and good prospects. We have internal options.