Re: V-Tek is comming back!
posted at 1/13/2012 8:56 PM EST
In Response to Re: V-Tek is comming back!
[QUOTE]roy, if you sign these two old warhorses, then you will have to keep them and play them....you dont just sign two veterans with decades of loyal service to the team and then cut them...or stash them in AAA until you need them.... this is a big mistake...they are not good players anymore - i could care less what their "value" is...they are older, slower, and played major roles in the september collapse....
Posted by georom4[/QUOTE]
That's not true. You absolutely can give them an invitation to spring training (non-roster) and still not keep them. It's happened plenty of times with veterans who want to play one more year. You bring them to spring training and see what happens. There are always extra bodies in spring training and it won't cut into the development of anyone else.
What if halfway through camp, Shoppach sprains an ankle. If the plan is to have Salty and a vet as the two catchers, I'd rather have Tek fill in while Shoppach heals than having to go out and pick up someone else off the scrapheap -- if the choice is between Tek and another vet. I have no problems with having Lavarnway be there instead, but the plan right now seems to be Salty and a vet (Shoppach).
And the playing major roles in the September is so much of an uninformed overstatement. Don't pretend to know exactly what went on behind the seens and who was to blame. As for what went happened on the field, Tek didn't do much in September, but if any team is depending on its backup catcher to be the key to a pennant run, that team has bigger issues. As for Wake, if he got any kind of run support or bullpen support in the first four or five games when he was at 199 -- and this was in August -- the Sox would have won the wild card.
And I'm not even advocating keeping them. I just said last fall that I wouldn't be surprised if they both got spring training invites, and I'm fine with that. Then we'll see what happens. A spring training invite is a LONG LONG way from being on the opening-day roster.