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Adam LaRoche
Victor Martinez

Simply, the Sox should not trade for Victor Martinez. The 30 year old catcher/first baseman for Cleveland is a powerful switchhitter with good on-base skills. Since the first of June, Martinez has batted .213. I believe he's signed through this year with an option for next.

I would take Martinez if he were cheap. But I wouldn't give up much for him. At first, he's learning the position and I doubt he's a steller defender. I don't think he's a much better hitter than Adam LaRoche and would take up a spot that Lars Anderson and Aaron Bates might fill in the next 2 years.

As for catcher, Tek will be the starter next year and by the time he's done - if the Sox traded for and signed Martinez - Victor would be a 32 year old catcher. That doesn't strike me as exactly a "catcher of the future" that the Sox need.

Meanwhile, the Sox picked up Adam LaRoche who is a very good defensive first baseman and not a big step down offensively from Martinez. He has one fewer homer, and a batting average and an on base percentage about 30 points lower (and that's after a typical-for-him slow first half). I would not at all be surprised if at the end of the year LaRoche as very similar offensive numbers to Martinez and plays better defense. All that and we gave up two guys unlikely to every start a game in Boston while the Indians want a Buchholz + package.

It would be nice if the Sox could upgrade offensively, but a trade for Martinez is the type of big time trade-for-trades-sake move that the Sox have wisely steared clear of in recent years.

They are best off trying to get offense by hoping Jed Lowrie starts hitting, giving a few more at bats to Kottaras and knowing that Bay and Drew will get better soon.

*Regarding my mention of Lowrie and Kottaras. Let me point out that Lowrie was an offensive prospect when he came up. People thought he would hit but wondered about his fielding. I think he still could be a force in the line up. We've almost never seen him healthy. The reports before he came up were that he was like Pedroia only bigger, with more power, and more strike outs. As for Kottaras, I think we need to get over the Varitek-is-god idea. I think he helps behind the plate, but I don't think it would make a big difference. With Wake out the Sox should try to get Kottaras more at bats against righties against whom Tek is terrible. Kottaras, like Lowrie, earned "prospect' status because of his bat not his glove.


Anonymous said…
I knew you would be analyzing this move. Another hitter, a potential replacement for Tek? For juiced up Big Papi? Very interesting, I'll bet the clubhouse is almost on fire.

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