Mike LansWho, on 23 October 2011 - 08:37 PM, said:
Sox need to go after Matt Kemp. I don't know what gets it done. Perhaps Youkilis, Kalish/Reddick, another prospect and cash??
I think it would take a lot more. Maybe Ellsbury and Youkilis. However, the inclusion of Youkilis and the arb-eligible Ellsbury would be inconsistent with any plan to reduce payroll for them.
Hail Cesar, on 24 October 2011 - 10:08 AM, said:
I've heard a lot about Lavarnway's defense not being great, but every time I've seen him play (whether in Pawtucket or with the big club) he doesn't seem all that bad. I mean, Lavarnway threw out something like 30% of runners last year, so at least that aspect of his defensive game is better than what we've seen from Red Sox catchers over the past few years.
No, it isn't. I saw a few games on MLB Network (including the AAA all-star game). His defensive struggles aren't in throwing, it's in receiving. I'm no expert, but he appears to "stab" at the ball and doesn't look smooth receiving. I know he was working with some pitchers he wasn't familiar with, but he still let a few pitches (and no, not in the dirt) get by him. He certainly is a ways away from being able to frame pitches and steal some calls.