posted at 12/7/2013 3:44 PM EST
cI like to look at catchers through CERA or catchers ERA. Just tells you how well a pitching staff threw to a catcher on a single staff. Apples to apples comparison so you can tell who improves the pitchers on the team.
2013 4.56 CERA in 164 innings
2012 5.84 CERA in 189 innings
2013 3.86 CERA in 1004 innings
2012 4.85 CERA in 852 innings
2011 4.63 CERA in 856 innings
2013 3.13 CERA in 286 innings
2012 3.59 CERA in 422 innings
2011 3.11 CERA in 379 innings
*Ross has not had a CERA over 3.59 since 2008
From defense alone, Lava gives up considerable runs per game. Think about these as pitching stats as they translate the same. They say that if a pitching staff pitches to one catcher over the other the entire team's ERA improves by that amount. If one pitcher has a 3.13 ERA, that's very good...3.86 is good, a 4.56 ERA is not good.
Lava has shown that he is not a good enough defensive catcher for this team. His power has been down the past couple of years, but there is still potential there as a hitter. That said, he isn't all that athletic to move to any other position besides DH in the very near term future and would have the most value in a trade.