Re: We need a new catcher, the salty experiment is over. But who can we get?
posted at 4/23/2011 3:54 PM EDT
In Response to Re: We need a new catcher, the salty experiment is over. But who can we get?
[QUOTE]I agree with moon. Mid-May would seem to be a logical tipping point for Salty. By then, we shall have - as they say - a moment of clarity. This FO is pretty thorough in its evaluation of players and they must see something in Salty that has not yet been seen in full evidence by the rest of us. The thinking by the FO seems to be, though, that the rest of the team would hit so well that a low-hitting catcher could be carried without too much harm. That is still true. The real problem with Salty has been his handling of the staff, IMO. His troubles behind the plate, not at the plate, have been the real drag on the team and should be the true focus of his improvement efforts. He seemed to show some promise in preventing steals and throwing to 2d base during Spring Training, but that was then and this is now. One wonders how much knowledge transfer has occurred between Tek and Salty; Tek has been pretty quiet about that aspect of the relationship. Could it be that Salty is "not getting it," not actualizing his instruction? Stay tuned. I feel for the kid, but unless his game steps up and the pitching staff accepts him, his time in Boston will be short. I do think that Theo gave short shrift to the C position during the off-season, with the majority of attention paid to Crawford and Gonzalez. But that was Theo's choice and it made sense to him. Theo still had room in the budget, too, to acquire an experiencd C at fair value, IMO. But he chose not to. And that is fine with me, truly- it is part of Theo's well-established risk/reward behavior, and I tend to give the benefit of the doubt to a GM that have given us two WS champs. Theo thought he could have a low-cost, high-upside-potential situation with Salty which, to date, has not worked out as hoped. This line of thinking has done well with some players in the past, and some not so much. We tend to think of the Brad Pennys and Eric Gagnes and John Smoltzs, and forget about the Bobby Kieltys and Dave Robertses and Bill Halls. But Theo has kept that money on the table to use before the trade deadline. Fair enough. But a C at trade deadline will cost more than would have been asked in Spring Training. That, too, is part of the risk that Theo assumes with Salty and his ilk. Here endeth the lesson.
Posted by summerof67[/QUOTE]
Excellent letter with lots of good reasoning behind it. My thoughts added below !!
I feel for Salty as well, but again it's his profession and like any job if you cannot do the work, you either retrain or you're on the street. With Salty It's different as for me It's a long term process and investment for the Red Sox that may turn out to be a very good investment if they are willing to be patient. In the short term it may or may not work this year, and I'm sure Theo knew the risk, but if it doesn't work this year, if Salty has options available use those to go to Pawtucket and work on his craft.
I think of Salty as young at 25, and yes I know he's getting mentoring and ongoing daily training from Tek, but it may take a while to possibly unlearn bad habits he may have picked up with Texas and relearn his position from Tek, but who better to work with him. It's like you or I getting a new job at another company, possibly the same job, but it can vary per employer. You need to adapt to each employer. Salty is no different to some extent.
Theo is a decent judge of talent, just as the scouts who work for the Sox, so I trust thier instincts if they feel that Salty was a good prospect. Theo has made some poor deals, but no GM is perfect, but overall our team is competitive every year. That can't be said for many teams in MLB.