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noseeum wrote:This is where the draft pick compensation for free agents shows how unfair it is. Varitek is a solid veteran catcher. Yes, his bat is declining, but he's still a player many teams would love to have on their roster. No one is signing him because they'd have to give up a first round pick. This is totally unfair.
Keith Law wrote about this a couple days ago, and I think he made some good points:
http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/blog/ind ... =law_keith
rmande09 wrote:Kingct, I am assuming you mean Bowden instead of Pauley. If Pauley was all it would take to land Salty, I'm pretty sure he would have been in a Sox uniform weeks ago.
That being said, Teagarden will be more expensive than Salty. And that is fair. But with the Sox refusal to part with Bowden, Buchholz, or Masterson for Salty, I cannot imagine they would give up one of them plus someone else, which is what it would require to acquire Teagarden.
I only see Montero coming here if it's part of a salary dump with Burns, but I would hope the Sox wouldn't hand him the job - he needs to prove he is capable of platooning with Tek over a guy like Kottaras.
bigh0rt wrote:He's a solid veteran catcher who's bat .238, .255, and .220 the last three seasons. He is coming off his worst season in his career -- sub-.700 OPS. He'll be 37. He wants to get paid. These are reasons he has no team yet.
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