I don't think this is an issue of whether Wakefield deserves a personal catcher or not ... rather business...
Wakefied has 5 unearned runs in 32.1 IP this year = +1.4 run/9IP
If he had a 4 era + passballs = around 5.4 = worthless
Wakefield has a 4mil salary, Mirabelli 1.5mil, Bard 350K
so roughly +1mil to support a 4mil investment.
(note: salary from ESPN, don't know if accurate. Also did not delve into each of the unearned runs just assumed they were attributed to Bard... which may not be the case)
http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/p ... atsId=5692