**I think these are the real questions even if it doesn't sit well with some fans.**

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*#1 Defensively? Salty is an average defensive catcher heading into age 28. Of course his defense should improve from year to year. *

**Yes. Some catchers, like VTek, had some horrible defensive numbers at ages 28-29, and they worked out just fine.**

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*#2 Offensively? The only thing holding water is his SLG percentage which some fans base his importance on, along with improved defense. How many games did his 27 HRS win compared to ... Poor staff ERA, or game calling ability and rally busting numbers in just about every other category but SLG?*

**Actually his CERA improved greatly from 4/25/12 onwards. That's a pretty big sample size. Of all the Sox players with over 50 PAs "Late & Close", Salty had the team's 3rd best OPS at .725 (only Pedey and C Ross did better).**

**Yes, much of Salty's OPS was as a result of HRs, but it's not like his .222 BA and .289 OBP are that far away from the norm for many team's catchers. Half the teams in MLB had a catcher BA below .240, 13 teams belwo .227, and one third below .222 (including the Yanks at .218). Half of all MLB team's had a catcher OBP below .310. 11 teamswere under .300, and 6 teams were below .289.**

**Context is needed when looking at a catcher's offensive numbers.**

*#3 Stamina? he played a total of 123 games last season. His decline happened long before that so if we want to include "stamina" as a point, can he ever be an effective full time catcher and do his efforts deserve a long term contract as our starter?*

**I wish we had tested his stamina last August & September.**

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*#4 Clubhouse factor? No doubt hes a great guy and team player*

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*I say this has to be his year to really shine!*

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**I think he improves again this year both on O and D.**

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