Re: Are the Red Sox Playing Mind Games With Other Teams on Salty and McCann?
posted at 11/7/2013 11:56 AM EST
In response to royf19's comment:
In response to redsoxpride34's comment:
if we could get McCann at 4 yrs 60 mill, that would be a great signing. McCann can catch for the first 2 years, then transition to DH once ortiz retires. the fact that salty got benched in the playoffs and struggled in the 2nd half of the regular season and on top of it all he didnt even recieve a qualifying offer. the writing is on the wall. salty is all but gone, they will however keep contact with him incase we cant land mcCan.
I'm not sure if any of this (bold) really means anything. He was struggling in the W.S. and Ross was playing well and there's little margin for error in the W.S. As for the qualifying offer, I think that had more to do with the Sox not wanting to go from $4 million to $14 million with him.
As for the second half, he didn't fade this year.
287 PA, 24 2B, 8 HR, 37 RBI, .266 BA, .795 OPS
183 PA, 16 2B, 6 HR, 28 RBI, .284 BA, .819 OPS
And he batted .282 in August and .314 in September.
Exactly. And some here may want to remember that Salty was the one who took on the full load when Ross went down. Obviously they didnt trust Lav enough. Salty fought through the dog days, playing day games after night games and still produced at a high level for a MLB catcher. To take what he did in the playoffs and use that for your judgement on him is foolish.
All of his numbers over the last 2 years, offense and defense, have improved. Im betting he was pretty worn down by the time October rolled around after being overworked with Ross' concussion. Salty will have plenty of teams to choose from because most players and MLB staff realize that Salty is one of the better all around backstops in MLB.