Eminor3rd Posted January 4 Share Posted January 4 1 hour ago, ChiSox59 said: Grandal has said he's healthy right now. People can recover from back injuries. They just need him to be like 60% of his 2019-2021 self to be useful in a platoon. If he simply can't do it, they have Zavala who is already at least an average MLB catcher - 1.9 fWAR in 2022 was good for 7th in the AL, and 13th in the game. His fWAR per game played ranked 7th in the game in 2022. Now is that sustainable for Seby? Probably not. But he's at least a league averagish catcher by measure of fWAR. If Seby had options, I'd be all for brining in another catcher. But let's not act like the FA market was flush with good options for what they needed. It just is what it is with Grandal. Hope he's healthy and can produce in a part time role. If not, you cut bait in May or June and Seby and Perez duke it out. Sox also signed that Rivero kid from KC who Grifol loves and at least you have a guy who can excel defensively back there in the event he is needed. I also think Grifol's influence on Seby behind the plate shouldn't be downplayed. I made a post a few weeks back about why I didn’t understand what the Blue Jays were doing, having traded most of their OF away before suddenly aggressively trading FOR OFers, but then several posters pointed out that they actually got a whole lot better, at least potentially, in the process because in shuffling those pieces around, they improved the defense drastically while also rebalancing the handedness in their lineup. That’s the type of front office work that makes it hard to accept what the Sox have done at catcher. You’ve done your best to steelman what Hahn has done, but unfortunately the argument comes down (as it so often does) to “well if these guys just stay healthy and play up to their potential, it’ll be alright,” which just doesn’t cut it when you’re talking about guys that are over 30 and (in this case) piling up chronic injuries. I mean, I was equally confused with the Murphy trade talk because, before we learned about Grandal’s health situation, it seemed like there were positions that should have been higher priorities. In retrospect, it made a ton of sense to be aggressive there and, once again, they just didn’t get it done. And, man, we can come with excuses about why it was hard or maybe not even possible in this instance, but at the end of the day, this is a remarkably consistent pattern of results that becomes more glaringly unacceptable when you watch another team pull off something similar in the same timeframe. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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