Re: Time to Bench Salty
posted at 8/27/2013 7:48 PM EDT
In response to moonslav59's comment:
In response to SonicsMonksLyresVicars' comment:
A 4/40 offer from someone wouldn't shock me at all....and I'd very happily pay it and consider it a bargain....4/50 fine by me....over that getting a bit toppy. Other than the comically overpaid Mauer (may his back and bat RIP) 4/40 would put Salty near the top. But it's extremely difficult to fill THE most critical defensive position.
Old man Salty, at 28 still young-ish for a catcher, continues to show steady improvement and it's not unreasonable to expect more. And if not Salty in 2014, then whom? The next Carlton Fisk / Wall Street intern? A young guy probably years away? When we are competing now and should improve on the back of young pitchers for years?
I'm not sure anyone pays $40-50M/4 and lose a draft pick by doing so. That gives us an edge in signing him before he hits the open market, even if it's a one year deal like a qualifying offer.
Yes, 28 is young for a catcher. As I have mentioned several times on this thread, VTek did not become known for great defense and pitcher handling until after age 30.
I hope you're right, Moon. We've long agreed about Salty's relatively good performances and great potential....and IMO he's constantly improved. I hope it's not just Salty's higher BA this year that has stopped the nonsense about him. But it probably is. ;-) Batting Average rules!
But if the Sox are to compete in 2014, who do we have under contract to catch? Ross from Friends? The "Next Carlton Fisk" who can, and will soon have to, quintuple his salary overnight on Wall Street? A few relative babies with potential....
If Salty ends up elsewhere in 2014, the b1tchers and mo@ners will be out in force claiming they always loved the guy.....