Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Catcher Miguel Montero A Red Sox Maybe? LOWE To Braves...

This, from the Boston Globe's Tony Massarotti and the Boston Herald's Michael Silverman, just now...

"The Globe's Tony Massarotti writes that the Sox and Diamondbacks have yet to settle on compensation for Montero, a 25-year-old lefthanded-hitting catcher who would be a nice match with Josh Bard, a switch hitter who is better from the right side. According to one major league source, the Diamondbacks are seeking only a comparable prospect in return -- be it a pitcher or a positional player -- but the sides have yet to identify a comparable talent that would make the deal work for both sides.

The Herald's Michael Silverman wrote that "according to one baseball source, the team has been intensifying talks" with the D'backs concerning catcher Miguel Montero. "The Red Sox still believe that the price for gifted Texas Rangers catcher Jarrod Saltalamachia is too high because it still includes pitcher Clay Buchholz," Silverman writes. "The Diamondbacks are not believed to be asking for Buchholz, making a return package of pitching that could include Michael Bowden and/or Daniel Bard feasible."

Peter here. A catcher? No matter who or what it costs, this might be GREAT! I'll be back later. Stats? OK...

HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
2006 ARI 6 16 0 4 1 0 0 3 1 3 0 0 .250 .294 .313 .607
2007 ARI 84 214 30 48 7 0 10 37 20 35 0 0 .224 .292 .397 .689
2008 ARI 70 184 24 47 16 1 5 18 19 49 0 0 .255 .330 .435 .765
Career 160 414 54 99 24 1 15 58 40 87 0 0 .239 .309 .411 .720

Tit for tat, I guess. The Atlanta Braves, pending his physical, have inked pitcher Derek Lowe...Smoltz to Sox, Lowe to Braves.

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