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The search for a catcher

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  April 23, 2010 01:12 PM

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In a story on on the Fox Sports site today, Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi mention Chris Snyder of Arizona as a possible target of the Red Sox once they attempt to trade for a catcher.

Snyder has roughly $11 million left on his contract, so Arizona might need to include some money in such a deal.

Snyder is Arizona's every day catcher with Miguel Montero out, so any deal is a month or so in the distance if it happens at all.

For now, the Red Sox need to work on Victor Martinez's mechanics and get their pitchers to do a better job of holding runners. It's easy to blame the catcher, but he has almost no chance if the runner gets a good jump.

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Meanwhile, did you hear about this story in Oakland yesterday?

Alex Rodriguez drew the ire of Oakland pitcher Dallas Braden by running across the mound as he returned to first base after a foul ball. Braden yelled at A-Rod and had some fired-up comments after the game.

Baseball is full of unwritten rules and rules of etiquette and that is apparently lone of them. Of course A-Rod is the same guy who yelled "Ha!" at a Toronto infielder trying to catch a pop-up a few years ago and once slapped the ball out of Bronson Arroyo's glove. So yesterday was right in character.

Braden could have used Jason Varitek yesterday. But he did make his point.

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