Manny, on 15 October 2010 - 12:19 PM, said:
I see what you did there.
Was it intentional? I think the quality of his spelling there was roughly in line with the quality his spelling of other words.
Cambridge, on 15 October 2010 - 01:27 PM, said:
As for Varitek, I expect him to be back. Saltalamacchia signing a non-guaranteed contract seems to point to that.
I don't know that it points to anything specific about who the (other) catchers are going to be, but I think it does at least point to the idea that the Saltalamacchia acquisition was exactly what Theo said it was (and what those who aren't adherents to the Church of Mazz could have figured for themselves): A low-risk move for a high-upside player, with minimal commitment involved.
The worst case scenario is that Salty is additional organizational depth and insurance against the possibility that Martinez moves on. The best case scenario is that he's able to become the player people thought he would be four years ago. Scenarios in between make him more or less the 2011 version of Jeremy Hermida. If it works, great. If not, there's no great loss in cutting ties.
I don't know who the next catcher(s) to sign with the Sox will be...but I would hope signing Saltalamacchia to be the baseball equivalent of "practice squad offensive lineman" might shut up some of the people who misinterpreted the reasons for making that trade in the first place.