Re: What about Salty?
posted at 11/4/2013 12:14 PM EST
In response to RSF4Life234's comment:
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Id at least offer him a QO. Salty will get a 4 years deal somewhere. I think the security of a 4yr deal will be more important that a 1yr inflated contract. Same with Ells, Drew and Naps.
Some feel Salty was disrespected by playing Ross in the WS. Some wish he would just leave, not realizing there isnt much available on the market. But if the Sox see Vasquez and/or Swihart ready come 2015, then a 1-2 year stop gap is all that will be needed. Me? Im not sure Vasquez and Swihart are going to be here and ready for full time action. Vasquez is at AAA now, but needs to work on his offense more. He made some strides this year in that dept., but nothing consistent. Swihart is at least 2-3 years away.
I see if Salty will take 3 years at 11Mper, but hes earned 4 IMHO.
I agree. Although $14.1M is an overpay for Salty, it is just for 1 year, and he may decline it and give us a draft pick.
I think thats the best strategy-offering him a QO and paying him for one year. By then Vasquez may be ready. If Salty gets a three year deal he will block Vasquez and Swihart, both of whom probably have a higher upside than Salty. Contrary to what others may think here, I believe that Lavarnway deserves a chance to succeed in the majors. He has succeeded at every level where he was given a chance to play regularly.
The problem is that lavs success has come offensively, defensively salty is actually much better the lav particularly when it comes to blocking balls.
Salty is certainly not a top defensive catcher by any means. While Lavarnway may be somewhat worse at it, he can still improve, possibly, and whatever defensive difference exists between the two would be made up by Lavarnway being a better hitter. I do not know if Lavarnway could succeed in the ML, but he certainly deserves a chance.