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Forget Gonzalez, what about a catcher?

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  April 22, 2010 01:36 PM

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You probably don't spent a whole lot of time dwelling on the standings in the National League West. particularly in April.

But it's worth noting that the Padres have won six straight and are atop that division at 9-6. Adrian Gonzalez has an OPS of 1.015.

In other words, it seems fairly unlikely that Jed Hoyer is going to be trading his best player and community icon any time soon.

The Padres will eventually have to trade Gonzalez. But he is affordable and under control through the end of the 2011 season. So a deal can wait until the winter, if not sometime next season.

As Theo Epstein noted the other day, significant trades just don't happen in April (or May for that matter) and the Red Sox will have to solve their problems from within. Terry Francona already seems to be doing that by using Mike Lowell as the DH and giving more playing than expected to Jason Varitek.

Beyond that, if the Red Sox do eventually make a trade, they need a catcher a heck of a lot more than a first baseman. Miguel Montero once he's healthy? Russell Martin? Kurt Suzuki?

They'd be a much better team with a competent catcher behind the plate (both in terms of handling the pitchers and controlling the running game) and with Victor Martinez as the DH.

Mentioned this before still think it's true, there's a reason they haven't opened negotiations with Martinez on a contract extension.

What's your take?

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