Three Weeks Until Pitchers & Catchers Report...Sox STILL Need A Primary Catcher
Hello and good morning on a still dark and very chilly Friday. In three weeks, pitchers and catchers will report to Fort Myers...just three weeks! The Boston Red Sox are still looking for their number one human backstop. Will it be Varitek? As time goes by and no deal is completed, I don't know the answer to that. But there are three other names, young guys, that Boston has to keep in their thoughts. They are Jarred Saltalamacchia and Taylor Teagarden of Texas and Miguel Montero, who plays for Arizona.
1) Montero...known for his pitch-calling skills more than anything. Low offensive numbers, so far...remember, he's young.
2) Saltalamacchia...good batting prowess but still developing as a catcher...he's young, too.
3) Teagarden...the most complete package, with better batting and catching skills than the other two. It will take more to get him, however. I say so what, Sox. GO FOR IT!!
If the Red Sox ink Varitek within the next two weeks, those names will stay just that...names without faces. I think the club we love should (gulp) part with a player and complete a trade that would make Tayler Teagarden our everyday catcher, with Bard as his backup. As much as I like Varitek, and I do, it is clear to all of us that his batting skills have eroded too much. He's a hole in the lineup that must be plugged, and his agent, Scott Borass, is not helping matters by inflating his value so obscenely. It's been almost two weeks since 'Tek met with Sox owner John Henry and still no deal has been struck. That does not bode well for the team captain. Time is running short...the sand is pouring into the bottom of the hourglass rapidly. Something will happen...soon. Go for youth, Theo. Just do it. Period. If it means trading Buchholz for a 24 year old guy who will develop into an All Star caliber catcher, it would be worth every penny, or in this case, player.
That's a wrap for today, Friday, January 23, 2009. Have a great upcoming weekend and click on this post's title for more Red Sox news, SI style. As always, BE WELL. Shalom...l'chaim...cheers & cheerio. Skol, too.