Re: Time to Bench Salty
posted at 8/30/2012 2:59 AM EDT
In response to
Time to Bench Salty
In response to Time to Bench Salty:
Lava CERA is looking scary.
I didn't see tonight's game after the third inning. Coward.
I was puzzled last night by several of Lava's pitch calls, most prominently the one to Trout, as I've stated elsewhere.
Buchholz had good stuff but couldn't seem to find any traction or rhythm. None of that can be blamed on Lava. He's still learning the batters in the league. And he's still working on a feel for the position. Maybe all of that will come in time. It doesn't happen automatically. It hasn't happened for all highly-touted catching prospects. Not everyone who's been tried at the position was meant to be a catcher. Since the Sox apparently believe that Lava is meant to be one, we'll have to go with that and be patient.
As I've said elsewhere, I don't think it will be healthy for Salty and Lava to be pitted head to head for the job in 2013, as it will inescapably turn out if they are both on the roster with Ortiz as DH. If the Sox are sold on Lava for the future, or close to sold on, I'd like to see the club try to trade Salty. IMO, that would be the best bet for him at this stage of his career. It would add needed clarity to a team in its current muzzy state. Lava could begin his career as THE Boston catcher. Salty could move on with his. I expect that the Sox might acquire a couple of decent prospects for Salty -- maybe even something better.
One thing is becoming clear -- as no surprise: Lava needs to spend a lot of time behind the plate, not sporadically but regularly. If any position relies on continuity for development, it's catcher. Look what being the main man for a season and 5 -6ths did for Salty. Maybe if the Sox put Lava back there as the main man in 2013, by mid-2014 he could be something special.
It's up in the air.
I believe they do have 3 options in regards to the catching position. 1) Lets Salty know that he is the starting catcher and Lavarnway the BU/DH. 2) Let Lavarnway play FT in AAA and sign a BU catcher to get more time and exp. behind the plate and find his groove offensively too without 3) Trade one or the other.
I still believe if Papi doesnt re-sign that Lav can learn the position on a PT basis like a lot of guys do and DH also. Hes still young as far as catchers go, so a year as a pt catcher will not hurt anything IMO. You let them both know what their roles are so theres no issue, as you've mentioned ex, with Salty looking over his shoulder.