McAdam: How will Salty and Ross split time at catcher?
Tue, 19 Feb 2013|
CSNNE.com's Red Sox Insider Sean McAdam joins SNC to discuss what to expect from the Red Sox catchers.
Tuesday's edition of -- notes begins with these scheduled for Sox starters John -- will take the ball for the Sox in Saturdays grapefruit league opener against him they'd -- well Jon Lester. Will start Sunday against the -- Red Sox shortstop prospect Vanderbilt -- will play third base Thursday against Boston College the position change bit of -- surprise the Sox have several there's. Is being -- for shortstop he has also been -- play third base for the Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic. And John Farrell made it clear on Tuesday Jarrod Saltalamacchia is the Red Sox -- catcher the Sox. Want to stay away from giving the starters personal -- that -- also said if certain guys work better together. They -- back to that and gave the example of not wanting David -- always catch someone like Jon Lester time -- bright side -- I see it and he got tons shot -- out of -- We don't with a two catchers are insulting in Ross but how do you see them dividing up its playing time. While I think that's still to be determined but it's clear as you mentioned just that they wanna stay away from two things a personal catcher situation where. You know like Doug Mirabelli used to catch Tim Wakefield in the knuckleball no matter where there's a -- gamer and I didn't want to avoid that -- -- really restricts your. Flexibility. And they also don't wanna get into a strict platoon but. I think it's likely that you're gonna see Saltalamacchia. It left handed he's a switch hitter of course and gets right hander is far better in fact he hit 25 home runs last night last year 24. Came from not left side so they want him to hit left hand is much and then. As far as -- his splits are about even over the course of his career he's a little bit better as you would expect for a right -- to be against left handed pitching. But he'll be the guy that will get some starts against lefties to get him in there on a regular basis. Now we know they also have Brian Navarro might be hanging out there and Tripoli -- it so what are the chances that maybe pushes Jarrod Saltalamacchia to another team. Well perhaps down the road but not any time soon in fact there were inquiries about Saltalamacchia. Over the course of the winner in the Red Sox I think let it be known that for the right. Price they would make that move because they believe in the born weight too and think he can be number one catcher. But they're gonna hold on to him and someone like Andrew Bailey. Also sort of an extra part maybe in the bullpen that they could afford to move. They wanna hold on to these guys see what happens maybe their injuries to some other teams. And later in the season. They can have some pretty valuable trading chips but for now Jarrod Saltalamacchia isn't going anywhere.