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Would a new catcher solve some issues?

The Red Sox, at last report, have not opened talks with Victor Martinez on a contract extension.

Total speculation, but does this have to do with David Ortiz?

If Ortiz is finished, might the Red Sox ditch him, make Martinez the DH and obtain a catcher via trade? Buster Olney of ESPN mentioned Kurt Suzuki as one possibility. Perhaps Suzuki would have made that tag of Jorge Posada at the plate that V-Mart fanned on last night.

Martinez would command more money as a catcher than as a DH. So it would make little sense to give him that sort of contract now only to turn him into a DH come June 1.

There has been a lot of focus on Adrian Gonzalez. But maybe the better move is to obtain a catcher and leave Kevin Youkilis and Adrian Beltre alone.

Of course the actual move is to let more than two percent of the season go by before worrying about such things. But at 1-2, calm and reason have fled town for the weekend.

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