Re: Ortiz to Accept Arbitration
posted at 12/7/2011 9:12 AM EST
Because some GM will be fooled by his High HRs and over-value him. Salty broke down playing only 103 games. He can't field, his arm was good, but has a history of wildness. His stock is high and we have Lava to catch instead of DH.
I wouldn't just dump Salty, but I think he has high enough value to get us a nice pen arm, and we gain by starting Lava at catcher as well. Two pluses for the price of one.
I'm with ADG on this one. I think you are underestimating a couple things in calling for Salty to be traded:
injuries! As we have seen in 3 recent seasons injuries can destroy the best plans. Having catching depth sounds good to me.
Welcome back tom; I haven't seen you around much. Yes, injuries are a concern, but I have very little faith in Salty as a catcher, and he is not a good enough hitter to ever be a DH in Boston.
inexperience! You say Salty broke down, but you want to hand over the reins to a guy who wasn't a regular at catcher last year. I read Salty lost loads of weight during the season which is normal he said, I would guess it is totally normal for a first year catcher to slump in September.
I'd hardly call this his "first year". He had 386 PAs this year, but had 329 in 2007, 230 in '08, and 310 in '09. He had over 1,600 innings as a MLb catcher before this year.
I'm not saying give him away. I see us not being able to afford to upgrade our staff as much as needed, so I look at positions where we can trade someone and not lose as much ground as we gain in the return player's improvement of another position (pitching).
cost! Salty is cheap and remember he was the top catcher in MLB in XBH / PA. He has a strong arm and I don't think it is likely Lava will handle the staff better with his major lack of experience.
Because he is cheap and under team control, and can hit as a catcher, his value is also high for trading. I do not want to trade Lava, and Lava seems like our most likely prospect to make an impact in 2012...except, if Papi signs, he has not place to play! That is the reason, I see more value in trading Salty than keeping him.
1) Improve our depleted pen
2) Make way for Lava.
Salty may not be great but give him time, put Lava in AAA to start the season and let him catch almost every day. I was disappointed he had to split time last year at catcher with Exposito, who should have been moved by Theo.
I agree; Lava should have played more games at catcher in AAA last year.