Re: A Realistic View at 2014: Part I
posted at 2/2/2014 6:09 PM EST
...and we got nothing for him.
Last spring, I suggested we extend him or trade him, if he wasn't in our longterm plans.
I still think signing him for $22M/3 would have been a good deal, and we could have traded him, if Vazquez or Swihart looked ready.
We got something from him if not for him Moon, we got a World Series championship. I said many times last year that he was having an outstanding year (at least until the playoffs) and the pitchers really seemed to like to throw to him.
I do think Salty played a big role in our making the playoffs. Once there, he really only had that one big hit. If we had traded Salty last winter, we'd have replaced him with somebody that was capable. Would we have still won a ring? Probably- maybe? We certainly would have gotten something for him.
I was against tarding him last year, and was for extending him before his price went up.
I still think he'd have been worth more than what the Marlins paid him. At $22M/3, he'd be cheaper than AJP this year, and could have been dealt once one of the kids proved worthy of the job.
I also said he would be the first of the four free agents I would lock up. So much for my expertise and credibility. Something tells me there's more to this story than him throwing a ball, and ultimately a playoff game away. Hopefully it's as simple as they love the way the kids, Vasquez and Swihart, have developed and didn't want to go more than one year on any veteran catcher. We'll see.
I think the benching of Salty to end the WS was the final straw.