Texas' Catching Surplus
We all know that the Yankees and Red Sox try to make deals more expensive for the other(see CC Sabathia, Mark Teixiera) quite frequently, and often enter bidding wars for players (see Johnny Damon, Jose Contereras). With Jon Heyman's report that Boston captain Jason Varitek will turn down arbitration, the Red Sox figure to make an aggressive run at one of Texas' s catchers( Gerald Laird, Max Ramirez, Taylor Teagarden, Jarrod Saltalamacchia). The Yankees have an all-star catcher, and Jesus Montero and Frankie Cervelli on the farm, but perhaps they might make a play for a Texas catcher in order to make Boston give up stronger prospects for them. Laird is an aging catcher, and I wouldn't be scared to see him in Boston. And Ramirez doesn't project to be very good. Netiher should bring back any top prospects. However, I wouldn't want to see Saltalamacchia or Teagarden in Boston. The Red Sox have often been said to be interested in Saltalamacchia. Salty is an offense first catcher, and the Yanks' could think about acquiring him as a first baseman. Basically, the Sox have said they don't want to give up Clay Bucholz or Justin Masterson for a catcher. However, if the Yankees offered a strong pitching prospect(Coke, Aceves, Sanchez) then Boston might offer Bucholz or Masterson to ensure that they get a catcher. Either that, or they would change their target to Laird or Ramirez. Either way, we would stop them from acquiring or retaining a talented young player.
Posted by Kevin S. at 4:30 PM