Red Sox have decisions to make behind the plate – Boston Globe
BALTIMORE — When you think of problems concerning the Red Sox, one of the items well down on the list is catching.
The Red Sox have a solid, young defensive catcher in Christian Vazquez and the consensus is that they’d like to see Vazquez remain the starter.
Great arm. Still learning to call a game, but that’s coming. The problem is hitting. And before we say we don’t care about how much he hits, you have to care about how much he hits because he’s in an American League lineup that is currently last in the league in runs.
Vazquez went 1 for 3 Saturday night in the Red Sox’ 7-2 loss to the Orioles to raise his average to .213. John Farrell said he would be comfortable with Vazquez as his No. 1 guy next year.
If that’s the case, do you need a No. 2 who can hit?
Is that why David Ross hasn’t heard much about his future yet? Can you carry two catchers who hit between .200-.220?
Think about last offseason.
The Red Sox knew they had their defensive guy in Ross and went after an offensive guy in A.J. Pierzynski. But Pierzynski never hit the way the Red Sox had hoped.
The team does have an offensive catcher waiting in Blake Swihart in Pawtucket, but he may need some of next year in Triple A. He’s a switch-hitter who can hit well from both sides of the plate, and the Sox have toyed with the idea of keeping him at catcher, but adding perhaps a position to his repertoire in an effort to keep him in the lineup. Catching-wise, Swihart may need at least a half-season in Triple A, but his hitting may drive that timetable up.
So, are the Red Sox contemplating the signing or trading for another offensive catcher …read more