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  • #16
    Originally posted by runningshoes View Post
    Good move.

    The team obviously has confidence in Cash's ability and how worse can his bat possibly be?
    Actually it can be quite a bit worse. Cash's career AVG is around .138 whereas Mirabelli is at about .201. So, it can be worse, and considerably worse.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by runningshoes View Post
      Good move.

      The team obviously has confidence in Cash's ability and how worse can his bat possibly be?
      How about one of the 5 worst hitters in the history of major league baseball by career OPS+? At least Dougie had some power.

      Unless Kottaras makes good this is a very unfortunate move and could blow up in our faces.

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      • #18
        From the Red Sox press release:
        the Sox feel they have a successor who can handle Wakefield. With Mirabelli experiencing leg woes last August, Cash caught Wakefield for four starts and worked well with the knuckleballer.

        "There's no getting around it, that was a concern," Francona said. "Any time we do something ... they've been together a long time. We went and spoke to [Wakefield] as soon as we thought we could. We wanted to alert him to it. It's a big deal to him. We certainly understand that.
        "Just having Kevin Cash in this capacity, he's proven he can catch Wakefield," continued Francona. "They'll get some time now to work together before we leave, also."

        Wakefield is confident in him, they have worked well together since Cash filled in for Mirabelli last year and with his injuries and age Cash seems to be the better choice for the team.
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        • #19
          This moves shows that there is something about Mirabelli's declining game that the Red Sox do not like. Whatever they saw this spring sealed the deal.

          The logic I believe they applied was that if you are going to carry a lousy hitting Wakefield specialist you may as well try one who can improve (whereas Mirabelli is clearly declining quickly). I'm sure Wakefield was consulted or at least given the knowing nod.

          We'll see how it works out but I like the move. Let everyone under the sun battle it out for the spot.
          2008

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          • #20
            Originally posted by Jager View Post
            Part of me thinks that something must be in the works with a Crisp trade for a young catcher, but then again, who would really want Coco now?
            I was thinking the same thing...with this move and Schill going to the 60-day DL, that maybe something was up they needed some spots for. Time will tell, I guess.
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            • #21
              Originally posted by Mike D. View Post
              I was thinking the same thing...with this move and Schill going to the 60-day DL, that maybe something was up they needed some spots for. Time will tell, I guess.
              With the way Kattaras has been hitting during games this spring I doubt they trade for another catcher, he looks like he has safely secured their #3 catcher spot with an eye for being #2 or #1 next year...

              If anything, I think they will have to go with a pitcher for Coco as it's the more pressing need than catcher.
              Last edited by efin98; 03-13-2008, 09:43 PM.
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              • #22
                Give some thought to the 26 year old catcher who has 2 years experience with knuckleballers Charlie Zink and John Barnes and hit a .798 OPS in AA ball. Dusty Brown's having a fair spring as well.

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by efin98 View Post
                  With the way Kattaras has been hitting during games this spring I doubt they trade for another catcher, he looks like he has safely secured their #3 catcher spot with an eye for being #2 or #1 next year...
                  I don't put a lot of weight on spring stats, but hitting well is certainly better than hitting poorly. He hit pretty well the second half of last year in Pawtucket. I should get to 25-30 Pawsox games this year, and will report on what I see with Kottaras.

                  I will admit the Red Sox catching depth is high in numbers, despite there not being a clear heir to Varitek in the system. That's probably why they let Mirabelli go...with Brown and Kottaras slated for AAA, they had no place to play Cash.

                  If anything, I think they will have to go with a pitcher for Coco as it's the more pressing need than catcher.
                  Certainly very possible....I'm interested to see what kind of pitcher they can get for him. The rumor of the Cubs offering Marquis isn't good, since he's not much of a pitcher. A decent reliever seems like a reasonale return, maybe a so-so starter. Maybe Crisp and Tavarez could be packaged for an arm in the right situation?
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                  • #24
                    I think Mirabelli has been the beneficiary of the incredible love and loyalty the fans have for Wakefield. Mirabelli was hitched to Wake's star on the team and were it not for Tim, he would be into his second career by now. He also benefited from some remarkable timing, having his career best year the same year the Red Sox broke the drought.

                    Word is, however, that in addition to his slowed bat, his throwing arm has diminished substantially. The one thing I've always given him props on is his ability to catch runners at 2nd or even taking to wide a lead off 1st. Apparently he isn't as sharp as he used to be, leaving him a one-trick-pony: catching a knuckleball. That just simply isn't enough reason to take a roster slot at any price.

                    Good bye, Dougie. Thanks for the memories.

                    2007 World Series Champions
                    The Boston Red Sox

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                    • #25
                      Carry on my wayward son.... there'll be peace when you are done. Don't you cry no more

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