Re: Cora Analysis from Joe Sherman
- From: jonathan <jmerin77@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 2 Dec 2009 04:37:42 -0800 (PST)
You see, this is double edged thing. I don't think there IS a solution,
regardless of money or draft picks. Their next catcher is going to have
to come out of the system unless they magically swing a deal for Mauer,
maybe starting with Jose Reyes going to Minnisota.
Catching as a whole is a problem position around the league, so I
agree with you. You already pointed out that he missed the boat on
Shoppach, who Cleveland gave away for nothing.
My continuing problem with Omar is that he falls in love with players
and then won't make moves that he could make to upgrade a position.
He is especially in love with anybody from the Montreal days.
100% and I said that last year when they made the deal. They decided they
wanted to keep Santos and traded Castro to keep Schnieder. How stupid
was that. At least Castro has occasional pop in his bat.
Santos sucks. I don't know why anybody thinks Santos is a major
league catcher. The guy can't hit. I was sitting in Fenway Park the
night he hit the home run off of Paplebon. That ball barely got out
of there, and it's a fly out to leftfield in any other park in
baseball. Otherwise, I saw a guy who, in his prime, showed limited
power, zero plate discipline, and unremarkable defense. He's maybe a
backup catcher, but as guy who might start 2-3 times a week and split
with somebody else, that's a lot of wasted plate appearances.
Molina's MVP numbers ALSO suck and are on the decline. Maybe they can
lull Tood Hundley out of retirement.
Hell, I'd settle for Jerry Grote or John Stearns at this point. I'm
not saying Mike Piazza or Gary Carter has to come through the door,
but at least find somebody who does something positive, whether it be
a really good defensive catcher who can at least get on base or an
'offensive' catcher who can be part of the lineup even if he's not a
star defensively. I don't care about power. This ballpark kills
power. Find some guys who can get on base. Let's start with that.
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