Re: Saltalamacchia Tracker...
posted at 4/12/2014 12:25 PM EDT
In response to Joebreidey's comment:
In response to jasko2248's comment:
In response to moonslav59's comment:
They didn't need to offer a QO.
We probably could have gotten him for $24M/3, if we wanted him- that is assuming Salty could get over being benched in the WS.
Had Vazquez or Swihart eventually earned the FT job, Salty could have easily been traded, most likely for a handsome return.
As I mentioned earlier, you don't sign players that you don't see as part of the future to three year contracts, just so that you "might" be able to trade that player later on. It's just not how it's done. The Sox were clearly ready to move on from Salty, letting him find his own deal was the right move, and again, how much do the fans know about how Sox pitchers felt about throwing to him? This was never a "tough" decision for this Front Office, that I do know.
I agree. You see this in here a lot, but I don't see it working like that in real life. I've seen some GMs try to get cute and overpay for SPs, thinking they'll just trade them for value at the deadline, and usually they don't.
Salty's fate, as the RS starting catcher, was sealed as soon as we decided, last year, that he was no longer our starting catcher.
It bears repeating, we decided that we preferred Ross over Salty last year, and for all the right reasons.
There are countless examples of GMs signing players and then trading them at some point, sometimes the very year they saign them. It doesn't mean it was their plan all along, and I do not think anyone here is making the claim that we should have signed Salty to trade him.
The point many here were making was/is that signing Salty to 3 years might have impeded the promotion of a deserving young catching prospect like Vazquez and or Swihart. Of course GMs look ahead and think they may end up trading a player from a log-jammed position.
I'm talking theory in this case, because as I mentioned, Salty was not coming back here, perhaps even before his World Series benching, but certainly afterwards. The theory is still sound. You can sign a player to 3+ years knowing that you have some top prospects that may knock on the door before the contract is over. You don't "plan on tading him", but you try and make sure that option is probably there if needed. I am pretty certain Salty could be traded in 2 years with one year left on his deal at about $8M.