Re: Chris Iannetta traded to Angels
posted at 12/1/2011 11:58 PM EST
In Response to Re: Chris Iannetta traded to Angels
[QUOTE]Iannetta is a good defensive catcher. When Chris and McCann caught for the U.S. team, it looked like Chris was going to be an All Star in the MLs, however, he backed Olivo and others and never really hit as projected. The Angels Manager has a higher catching standard than most in MLs, Napoli did a good job for the Rangers, but I don't think the Red Sox would have been happy with Napoli defensively in Boston, for that matter I don't think the Red Sox or the pitching staff were all that happy with Saltalamacchia defensively, however, Salty's bat power assuaged some of Theo's fixation with Salty. Will be interesting to me how Valentine evaluates a combo of Saltalamacchia and Lavarnway, as perhaps Valentine will be less tolerant and may be more diligent in ST evaluating the catching tandem. Also, depending on whether Big Papi remains the DH, would not surprise me if having Salty, Lavarnway, Youk, Lowrie and AGON share hitting as a DH may allow the Red Sox to carry a third catcher, with defensive skills on the bench.
Posted by rgmfick[/QUOTE]
Good post. I agree on the "if Papi goes, we may need a 3rd catcher" idea, especially if Lava DHs more than 80 games, but I do not want to ever see Salty at DH. Lowrie is way better vs LHPs (almost everyone is), and we have too many lefties for Salty to ever be the best option vs RHPs.
One of my biggest 2012 worries is catcher defense, but I do not think it is a high priority on management's radar. As much as I'd love to deal Salty while his stock is high again, I don't see it happening. We have higher priorities...about 5 of them.
I think we see Salty go 127 and Lava 35 games behind the plate. Lava will DH for about 100-110 games and Youk, Lowrie and AGon will split the rest (unevenly with Youk getting maybe 40-45 games at DH).