Theo asleep at the wheel again?

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    Astros Sign Max Ramirez

    The Astros signed catcher Max Ramirez to a minor league deal, according to Zachary Levine of the Houston ChronicleCarlos Corporan broke a finger last week, further compromising the Astros' catching depth, explained Levine.  Ramirez had been released by the Cubs on Friday.  The 26-year-old had been claimed off waivers by the Cubs from the Red Sox, who claimed him from the Rangers. 

    Ramirez hit .286/.373/.381 in 226 plate appearances for the Rangers' Triple-A affiliate last year, picking up another 85 PAs with the big club.  He played 11 games for the Cubs' Triple-A team this year.  Ramirez may still have potential with the bat, but he is considered a below-average defensive catcher.  

     
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    We already have one terrible defensive catcher (old Varitek), and another who isn't exactly Johnny Bench. I agree that Theo could use all the depth he can find, but a strong defensive catcher would be nice.
     
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    [QUOTE]Astros Sign Max Ramirez By Tim Dierkes [May 10 at 11:45am CST] The Astros signed catcher Max Ramirez to a minor league deal, according to Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle .  Carlos Corporan broke a finger last week, further compromising the Astros' catching depth, explained Levine.  Ramirez had been released by the Cubs on Friday.  The 26-year-old had been claimed off waivers by the Cubs from the Red Sox, who claimed him from the Rangers.  Ramirez hit .286/.373/.381 in 226 plate appearances for the Rangers' Triple-A affiliate last year, picking up another 85 PAs with the big club.  He played 11 games for the Cubs' Triple-A team this year.  Ramirez may still have potential with the bat, but he is considered a below-average defensive catcher.  
    Posted by Alibiike[/QUOTE]

    theo was asleep at the wheel because he neglected to pounce on the guy who couldn't beat out the guy he would potentially be replacing for a job last year?  I am confused by the criticism.
     
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    [QUOTE]In Response to Theo asleep at the wheel again? : theo was asleep at the wheel because he neglected to pounce on the guy who couldn't beat out the guy he would potentially be replacing for a job last year?  I am confused by the criticism.
    Posted by SpacemanEephus[/QUOTE]

    Just know he was hot after this guy, that's why I phrased it as a question.
    Maybe I was a bit critical for his failure to address the catching overall.
     
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    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: Theo asleep at the wheel again? : Just know he was hot after this guy, that's why I phrased it as a question. Maybe I was a bit critical for his failure to address the catching overall.
    Posted by Alibiike[/QUOTE]
     ... which I can understand.  Could be an achilles heel this year.  The "salty experiment" is in like its sixth year and perhaps no closer to success.  Not sure they shouldn't have had some fall-back.  We shall see.
     
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    I'm not all that dissatisfied with the 2011 version of the Salty experiment. 
     
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    From ESPN.com:

    The Boston Red Sox are hoping that Jarrod Saltalamacchia comes around and becomes their No. 1 catcher. However, the 26-year-old is off to a slow start, hitting just .203 with an OPS of .522 and 19 strikeouts in only 69 at-bats. Although he is improving behind the plate in calling a game and throwing out runners, it's still unclear whether he is the long-term answer.

    As the Red Sox allow him to play through his slow start, they are blessed to have a veteran and a winner in Jason Varitek to help him out. However, the Red Sox can’t wait until the trade deadline to search for a short-term or even a long-term answer behind the plate if Salty doesn’t hit or improve enough to win with one of the better rotations in baseball. Therefore, the effort has to be going on now behind the scenes.

    Since general managers have only 29 trade partners, it’s important to stay in constant communication with each of them, constantly exploring options while communicating needs and depth. The best chance for the Red Sox making a deal for a catcher is to target teams that have multiple talented catchers. Therefore, teams such as the Reds, Yankees, Angels, Nationals, Blue Jays and Athletics are the most logical places for the Red Sox to start. Remember, trades can be done in one phone call, but most trades take weeks, months or even years to consummate. It never hurts to make trade proposals on a regular basis, even if you never end up making a deal with that club.

    To make a deal for a catcher, the first thing you need to do is to look at your rankings of catchers in the minor and major leagues. Each team will have a board listing their top 50 trade targets. GMs will have these players ranked in terms of how their top executives, scouts, player development personnel and other evaluators view them.

    All 30 clubs want to have a Joe Mauer or Buster Posey, but those aren’t players you’ll ever be able to trade for. Draft them if you want them; otherwise, lower your sights. Every club is always trying to improve their team at each position. In the case of the Red Sox, they have to figure out where Saltalamacchia fits on their rankings of catchers. For this example, let’s say they view him at No. 32. To improve the team, it would then make sense to talk to the teams that have catchers who are ranked higher, ideally trying to acquire a catcher in the top 20.

    Here would be an example of what the CATCHERS TRADE TARGETS list would look like. Note that it is a mix of major and minor leaguers. (This is not an exact order, just an example.)

    CATEGORY NO. 1: DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME, THEY'RE NOT TRADING
    1. Joe Mauer -- Minnesota Twins
    2. Buster Posey -- San Francisco Giants
    3. Brian McCann -- Atlanta Braves
    4. Yadier Molina -- St. Louis Cardinals
    5. Carlos Santana -- Cleveland Indians
    6. Matt Wieters -- Baltimore Orioles
    7. Kurt Suzuki -- Oakland Athletics
    8. Jesus Montero -- New York Yankees
    9. Carlos Ruiz -- Philadelphia Phillies
    10. Miguel Montero -- Arizona Diamondbacks
    11. Hank Conger -- Los Angeles Angels

    CATEGORY NO. 2: PLAN ON PAYING A HEFTY PRICE
    12. Travis d'Arnaud -- Toronto Blue Jays
    13. Derek Norris -- Washington Nationals
    14. Gary Sanchez -- New York Yankees
    15. Devin Mesoraco -- Cincinnati Reds
    16. Wilson Ramos -- Washington Nationals
    17. Alex Avila -- Detroit Tigers
    18. J.P. Arencibia -- Toronto Blue Jays
    19. Wilin Rosario -- Colorado Rockies
    20. Yasmani Grandal -- Cincinnati Reds
    21. Max Stassi -- Oakland Athletics
    22. Tony Sanchez -- Pittsburgh Pirates
    23. Jason Castro -- Houston Astros

    CATEGORY NO. 3: POSSIBLE UPGRADES
    24. Russell Martin -- New York Yankees
    25. Geovany Soto -- Chicago Cubs
    26. Austin Romine -- New York Yankees
    27. John Buck -- Florida Marlins
    28. Jeff Mathis -- Los Angeles Angels
    29. Ramon Hernandez -- Cincinnati Reds
    30. A.J. Pierzynski -- Chicago White Sox
    31. Nick Hundley -- San Diego Padres
    32. Yorvit Torrealba -- Texas Rangers
    33. Chris Snyder -- Pittsburgh Pirates
    34. Sebastian Valle -- Philadelphia Phillies
    35. Justin O’Connor -- Tampa Bay Rays
    36. Miguel Olivo -- Seattle Mariners
    37. Mike Napoli -- Texas Rangers
    38. Jonathan Lucroy -- Milwaukee Brewers
    39. John Jaso -- Tampa Bay Rays
    40. Kyle Skipworth -- Florida Marlins
    41. Lou Marson -- Cleveland Indians
    42. Jesus Flores -- Washington Nationals
    43. Josh Thole -- New York Mets
    44. Matt Treanor -- Kansas City Royals
    45. Carlos Perez -- Toronto Blue Jays
    46. Rod Barajas -- Los Angeles Dodgers
    47. Pudge Rodriguez -- Washington Nationals
    48. Chris Iannetta -- Colorado Rockies
    49. Bobby Wilson -- Los Angeles Angels
    50. Ryan Doumit -- Pittsburgh Pirates

    Now, let’s get specific with realistic possibilities the Red Sox could be discussing:

    Long-term solutions
    Reds -- Devin Mesoraco or Yasmani Grandal
    Blue Jays -- J.P. Arencibia or Travis d'Arnaud
    Angels -- Hank Conger or Jeff Mathis
    Nationals -- Wilson Ramos or Derek Norris
    Athletics -- Max Stassi
    Yankees -- Never mind, not happening

    Possible stop-gap catchers for this year
    These guys could be available if their teams fall out of the playoff race.

    White Sox -- A.J. Pierzynski
    Mariners -- Miguel Olivo
    Padres -- Nick Hundley
    Nationals -- Pudge Rodriguez
    Free agent -- Bengie Molina

    I hope that the combination of Saltalamacchia and Varitek will work out for the Red Sox. If not, it will be fun to watch Theo Epstein and the Red Sox try to wheel and deal in July.
     
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    [QUOTE]I'm not all that dissatisfied with the 2011 version of the Salty experiment. 
    Posted by maxbialystock[/QUOTE]

    Neither am I Max.  He has shown me just enough signs, on both offense and defense, to keep me interested in the experiment.  I just fear that this is what hooked Atlanta and Texas before us and that, at the end of the day, 'showing signs' is the extent of the experiment.  Of course, I hope I am wrong, and, between 'showing signs' and Tek's tutelage, Salty becomes the Red Sox Catcher.
     
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    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: Theo asleep at the wheel again? : Neither am I Max.  He has shown me just enough signs, on both offense and defense, to keep me interested in the experiment.  I just fear that this is what hooked Atlanta and Texas before us and that, at the end of the day, 'showing signs' is the extent of the experiment.  Of course, I hope I am wrong, and, between 'showing signs' and Tek's tutelage, Salty becomes the Red Sox Catcher.
    Posted by SpacemanEephus[/QUOTE]

    Can't disagree with that.  He could still blow up. 
     
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