Re: Salty Signs 1 Year 4.5....
posted at 1/19/2013 3:18 PM EST
In response to southpaw777's comment:
Just because Salty is not on the level of the catchers you mentioned, does not mean he shouldn't be extended. He wouldn't be making as much as they would either.
In response to moonslav59's comment:
That thinking is what got us in trouble with Beckett.
Yes, but making decisions based on one or a couple failures is not necessarily the right thing to do.
Are we glad we extended Lester and Buch? Pedey? Yes, they were arb cases, but they all could be traded for value right now, or kept at relatively low cost producers.
Its not the fact that the Beckett extension didnt work out but the thinking itself. If Salty was more of a "sure thing" like Posey or Molina, then yeah. Beckett wasnt a consistent pitcher and never stayed in shape. He started experiencing more back issues. If the Sox waited til the end of the year, like I wanted, They wouldve got him at a lower yearly AAV. If he left, then we got 2 picks. No big deal.
I really dont think Salty will ever be at that level of the 2 players that I mentioned are on. I also believe, like ive stated before, that If the Sox offered a fair deal, Salty would stay. I dont see him as the type to squabble over a couple million. The Sox are the only team that gave him a fair chance to be a starting catcher. Now thats no going to get them a huge discount, but is another team offers 1 more mil a year, I think he stays. If he does do even better, I have no problem giving a good contract to a deserving catcher.
Don't take this personal, because I respect you as a fine poster, but you seem to criticize me for speculating on signings and player choices of where they want to play, but you are taking liberties on the expectation that any player will not "squabble over a couple million". Many teams gave Salty a chance. One could say we gave up on him last year by making Lava the starter. I'd have been really upset, if I was salty last year. He was having a great year for a catcher and was improving on his defense. His one big issue to prove was duabiltiy, and they denied him the chance to do it, as well as the chance to put up bigger numbers for his arb case this year.
It's a gamble. If we don't extend Salty, and he has a better year, he will make a lot of money in today's FA market. We will lose way more than a couple million. On the flip side, if we extend him for, let's say, $20M/3 for 2014-2016, and he stinks up the place in 2013, we may be able to trade him and lose maybe $5-10M in payments to the other team. I guess is all depends on how much faith you and I have in Salty.
Last winter, I was arguing often and loudly to trade him. I had not faith in his defense and pitcher handling skills. That changed a lot last year, and I am optimistic about his future, which seems strange in light of us being on flip sides of the optimist scale of late.