Re: Wakefield and Varitek Pondering 2M offers from Cubs
posted at 11/28/2011 8:37 PM EST
In Response to Re: Wakefield and Varitek Pondering 2M offers from Cubs
[QUOTE]We don't have the cash to sign a FA catcher and still meet all our other needs False. Hernandez on a 1 year 3 to 4M deal option 2 @ 3 to 4M buyout 1.5M can most certainly be afforded. Varitek and Wastefield cost almost 6M in 2011.
Posted by hankwilliams[/QUOTE]
What Wakefield and Vtek made last year has no significance to what the Sox can afford to pay a catcher for 2012.
We already spent much of the savings of losing Paps and Drew on AGon and the Buch extension. The arb raises will eat up the rest. By my numbers we have about $8M to spend and stay at last year's payroll numbers. (That does not incluse Papi.) We need a closer, 2-3 starters, a DH, and maybe a RH'd RF'er. We have Salty and Lava. Neither are great defensive catchers by any stretch of the imagination, but they are also not even close to our biggest weakness or improvement need area. Even if we could get Ramon Hernandez for the $3-4M you suggest, there is no way it is happening. Plus, Ramon is not the same catcher he used to be. Looking at just his CS% is being short-sighted, something you have become an expert at recently.
Ramon had 3 PBs and 26 WPs: Total 29/658 innings (4.4%)
VTek had 6 PBs and 17 WPs: Total 23/575 innings (4.0%)
In the past 2 years...
Ramon has 5 PBs& 58 WPs in 1390 innings caught. 63/1390 (4.5%)
VTek has allowed 7 PBs and 20 WPs in 850 innings. 21/850 (2.4%)
Last 3 years...
Ramon: 5 PBs and 72 WPs in 1841 innings. Total 77/1841 (4.2%)
VTek: 8 PBs and 41 WPs in 1774 innings Total 49/1774 (2.8%)
I wouldn't normally count WPs against a catcher, but softy did with VTek and salty earlier this year, so I thought I'd use his own criteria to show how silly his ideas are. I won't get into the poor CERA numbers by Ramon, since it's all "voodoo" anyway.
Ramon threw out 37% of the runners trying to steal this year 23/62. If he had Vtek's 14% rate, there'd have been 9CS /62 attempts. I guess 14 SBs means so much too softy on defense, but when Jacoby steals them, they are worthless.