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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

About the only problem the Red Sox have is what to do with Blake Swihart

Having talent is not a problem. Because of his injuries Swihart’s stock is down. The Red Sox need to get him into the mix behind the plate to either showcase him for deals or to turn him into a partner for Vazquez. They can keep Sandy Leon around if they want him for insurance to remain as a future backup to Vazquez. He should not be an impediment.

Rick Porcello has now settled in nicely with Leon catching him. Pitchers love Leon behind the plate. Any notion of trying to deal Leon to make room for Swihart is likely not realistic. Nor is the possibility of trading Swihart. The last thing Dave Dombrowski wants is to deal Swihart, have a catcher go down here, and then watch Swihart turn into a star someplace else.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 17, 2018 at 08:53 AM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: April 17, 2018 at 09:09 AM (#5655107)
I'm probably as big a fan of Swihart as there is but it's hard to say the bloom isn't off the rose. He missed so much time the last two years that I wouldn't count on him too much. That said even if he only becomes a backup catcher/utility man, sort of a modern John Wathan (though Wathan had a couple of really good years) that's got more than a bit of value. There is no reason to be shoving him out the door at the moment though. If the Sox get to a point where they HAVE to make a move (and Jim's right, there is no rush on it) the way Lin is playing I'd rather see Holt go.
   2. Rally Posted: April 17, 2018 at 11:30 AM (#5655191)
I wish there was another John Wathan. Dude once stole 36 bases. That is still a 1900+ record for catchers, the only catcher (75% or more of games played) with more is Buck Ewing in 1888. Looks like Ewing was a catcher about 80% of the time that year, but I don't know how many bases were stolen while he was in the lineup as a catcher.

For Wathan, he played 3 games at 1B and another 2 as a PH, but all his steals happened when he was the catcher of record.
   3. Walt Davis Posted: April 17, 2018 at 04:45 PM (#5655438)
The guy goes 3 for 9 and there's a problem of too much talent? With the injuries, is he still viable as a C? Did he catch some this spring? Majors and minors it looks like only 70 games caught the previous two seasons and only half a season in 2015. Those are often pretty vital years for developing C defense.
   4. Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: April 17, 2018 at 04:56 PM (#5655447)
The guy goes 3 for 9 and there's a problem of too much talent? With the injuries, is he still viable as a C? Did he catch some this spring? Majors and minors it looks like only 70 games caught the previous two seasons and only half a season in 2015. Those are often pretty vital years for developing C defense.


Yeah, I think expecting him to be a catcher of any note is a lost cause. I'm a believer in the bat (thought the missed time the last two years hurts development there too) and would love to see him stick. A world where he's able to be a useful utility player/backup catcher is one that I think exists.
   5. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: April 17, 2018 at 05:04 PM (#5655457)
The last time he hit well was 2014 in AA or 2015 in MLB. He was turrible in AAA last year.

   6. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: April 17, 2018 at 05:42 PM (#5655487)
He was turrible in AAA last year.


What a .539 OPS in AAA doesn't cut it for you? Elitist...

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