I hoped we would sign McCann or Ruiz to reasonable deals. Didn't work out. Now I hope its a trade for Ryan Hanigan.
Coming into this season, Hanigan was the better offensive player between he and Salty in their careers believe it or not. Better OPS and wRC+. This included a 370 OB% and more BB's then K's.
The question is why did he stink on offense this year. Temporary injuries and a low BABIP[.216]? Or age, permanent injuries and regression? Its a bit of a gamble, but one I am willing to take.
Over the last 5 seasons, he has basically been the Reds starting catcher. In that time, the Reds have been a winning team and he has been a winning catcher. When he plays, they win a lot more then when other catchers catch. A lot more.
The reason to trade for him is not offense, its defense. He is one of the top 5 pitch framers in baseball. He doesn't let pass balls happen[never more then 3 in a season]. And his throwing is the BEST in baseball. Here is his stats the last two seasons compared to Salty in throwing differential.....
If those trends continued, it would be the offensive equivelant of telling both Ellsbury and Pedroia combined to never even bother trying to steal. Would that have an impact on offense? Thats his impact on defense throwing. Teams are afraid to even try to run on him.
His CERA's are also strong.
One thing I am starting to believe is that the Red Sox are extremely high on Swihart and Vazquez. And they might be looking for another veteran catcher other then Ross to help teach the young guys in spring training the finer art of game calling and pitch framing. And they might not think Salty is that teacher. Maybe?
Contractually, he will cost only 2-3 million for 1 year. After this season, we can decide whether to keep him or Ross for one more season.
I have become like Moon, only with me its catcher defense instead of SS defense.