Re: Saltalamacchia Tracker...
posted at 4/11/2014 9:41 PM EDT
In response to mef429's comment:
Vasquez' status shouldn't play a role in saltys situation. He signed a team friendly deal and is a good enough talent that they could have EASILY moved him if vasquez turned into the second coming of Bench.
Vasquez probably wont be ready until 2015 (if ever). letting a prospect dictate how you run your MLB roster isn't smart. it'd be one thing if it was a similar situation to Jacoby and JBJ where the incumbent is slated to make big bucks and you go "hey we have a pretty decent replacement who is MLB ready and the current guy is going to make much mroe than we're willing to pay. let's let him walk and go the cheap youth route." but it's nothing like that. Salty is a quality talent who signed a cheap deal. it was the best and most logical move to make in regards to the short term (while superstar vasquez refines his game in the minors and not having to rely on two 37 year old catchers, one of them being a terrible fit on the team) as well as the long term (if vasquez doesn't cut it). and like it was mentioned before, if vasquez did end up overtaking the position from Salty either 1 could have been traded for a big return. so i really don't see a single downside to retaining salty. on the other hand, i see many many downsides to letting him walk.
First of all, Christian Vasquez would start for a lot of teams in baseball right now, but fortunately for fans like you, the Sox have the luxury of not having to rush their prospects, because they have the resources to be able to sign veterans to hold their place until they are "sure" they are ready. if you polled a handful of Major league scouts at any given time right now on who they think the 2nd best defensive catcher in all of baseball is, again, "right now," the answer would more often than not be Luis Vasquez.
Your "opinion" that AJ is a "terrible fit" on this team is just that. The pitchers rave about throwing to him, but not so much with Salty. That is a fact, not your "opinion." By the way, you don't sign a player to a 3 year contract that you don't see as part of the future, just so you can trade him a year from now. It's not how it works, and it's bad business.
To think that Vasquez's "situation" (As well as Swihart's) didn't play a role in the decision is kind of silly, especially when you clearly realize that JBJ's "situation" played a role in letting Ellsbury walk. We'll see how it all plays out, but giving 20+ million on a multi-year deal to a player who was benched in favor of a journey man backup in the World Series when you have two of the most highly touted catching prospects in the game, clearly makes zero sense to the guys who get paid to make these decisions. Lastly, how much do you know about how comfortable some of the Sox pitchers were throwing to Salty? My guess is not enough to definitively call letting Salty go a mistake...