Re: Time to Bench Salty
posted at 8/24/2012 4:47 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Time to Bench Salty
[QUOTE]I think for one year it wouldnt hurt ex. Salty is improving and is in his final year of arb. It would give Lav time behind the plate at the MLB level but still giving Salty the bulk of the load. Papi resigning might be the key in all this. They might only offer him another 1 year arb contract which would allow Salty and Lav to work together for a year. If they do that than they could keep both in 2014 rotating the DH slot. I agree that Lav has more work to do and could serve well as a backup for a year. You give salty 90-100 games and Lav about 60 or so. It could work IMO, but a lot depends on what deals are made this offseason. Either way I think Salty deserves, and has earned another year to see if his progression continues.
Posted by southpaw777[/QUOTE]
It might work fine. BUT
I doubt that Salty is a good enough all-around hitter to be a DH. We don't know if Lavarnway will be.
If Ortiz resigns, Salty is likely to get the bulk of catching time, at least to start with, and Lavarnway will be the de facto back-up. Unlike a situation in which the back-up is settled in the role, Lavarnway will be playing for a starting job, in Boston or elsewhere. He and Salty will inescapably be in competition. I have already expressed my reservations about that arrangement. It is fraught with unnecessary tension, no matter how hard the two men try to tamp it down. In fact, trying to tamp it down is kind of unnatural, and could end up causing even more tension. Even for a year. After all, the two in 2013 will be competing for the starting job in 2014, if not during 2013. Why put them in that situation? This club already has enough morale problems, or so we are led to believe. Makes me uneasy, to say nothing of them.
If in its infinite wisdom the FO decides that Lavarnway is the catcher of the future, best it trade Salty in the offseason and get it over with. Whether or not Ortiz returns. Same the other way around.
Salty is a starting catcher, deservedly. Lavarnway is ticketed to be a starting catcher. IMO, the sooner they are firmly settled in that role, the better for them and for their teams.
If Salty is told that he and Lavarnway will compete to start in 2013, I can hear him say, "You know, I hear it's very nice in the East Bay, right across from San Francisco. Big park. But I can reach the seats. Give Beane a call. See what you can do."
It's all up for grabs at this point.