Links 11-10-2010: AL Gold Gloves, corner infielders, Salty as the man?

The AL Gold Gloves were announced yesterday to kick off awards week, and it is a Yankee-fest. Robinson Cano wasn’t a standout in the field. And Derek Jeter again? Are you kidding me? It seems they’ve mixed up hitting and reputation with fielding yet again.

It looks like we will be in need of a corner infielder, for 2011 at least. The top free agent third basemen are Adrian Beltre, and then nobody we want. First basemen include Lance Berkman, Paul Konerko, Adam Dunn, Carlos Pena, Derrek Lee and Adam LaRoche. Taking the guys out who figure to sign long-term deals, that leaves us with Berkman, Lee and possibly Pena. I’d be happy to add any of these guys for 1-2 years at $5-9M/year.

Peter Gammons insists that the Red Sox view Jarrod Saltalamacchia as their catcher of the future:

The Red Sox seem firmly convinced that Jared Saltalamacchia (sic) can be their regular catcher. His throws averaged 1.95 seconds to second base in Pawtucket, and they love his enthusiasm. Bringing Jason Varitek back to hit against left-handed pitchers, work Josh Beckett and John Lackey and provide Salty with a mentor seems to make a lot of sense if Martinez is going to move on.

Of course, how can the Red Sox do anything else but give a public vote of confidence to Salty? But if they are prepared to move forward with Salty and Jason Varitek, I’m not terribly enthused. Tek was able to hit some righties last year, at least, but it seems like he’s just not able to hold up over a whole season anymore. Bringing in someone like John Buck seems like a safer bet to me, and if Salty blossoms, you can bring him up.


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