6-8-2010: A note about Kurt Suzuki
June 8, 2010 3 Comments
Nick Cafardo writes:
With Victor Martinez unsigned and no prospect ready to assume the catching duties next season, Suzuki will likely be the Sox’ top target in the offseason.
I just don’t see it. Look, I know the Red Sox have long coveted Kurt Suzuki and all that, but that doesn’t mean that they can just go poach him from the Athletics in the offseason. Suzuki is an excellent defensive catcher (watch this video, then watch it again to really appreciate it) who has posted the 5th-best wOBA (.330) in the last 365 days among Major League catchers. He’s right behind Yadier Molina and ahead of (ahem) Matt Wieters. That’s an excellent young player right there. Add to that that Suzuki has not even reached the first year of salary arbitration, which doesn’t figure to be so bad, even for the A’s. Catchers not named Joe Mauer usually don’t make that much money. So tell me again how we’re gonna target this guy?
Look, would the Sox love to have Suzuki? Absolutely. I’d love to have him too. But we know that this front office works off of value. They don’t target dream players on other teams and then just pay whatever it takes to land them, because that strategy will hurt you in the long run. Cafardo does say that the cost is “another matter”, but how can he say that Suzuki will be THE “top target”? Why would Billy Beane trade him at all? Maybe he’d take Dustin Pedroia for him, is that what Cafardo is suggesting? While we’re at it, there’s a first baseman in St. Louis I heard is pretty good too. Let’s target him. Just ridiculous.
It’s one thing for a sports radio talk show caller to suggest something like this, but this guy is paid to be knowledgable about the game and write intelligently about it. Please, don’t make claims like this unless you’ve got Theo Epstein whispering it in your ear.