Cafardo On Suzuki, Cabrera, Griffey, Zambrano

In Nick Cafardo's latest piece for the Boston Globe, he takes an extended look at the Red Sox' early-season catching issues. He reiterates that if David Ortiz's struggles continue, the logical solution is to move Victor Martinez to DH and acquire a catcher. Cafardo names Kurt Suzuki as a player who would intrigue the Sox, since he can hit as well as play defense. Here are a few of Cafardo's other notes:

  • Other catchers to keep an eye on for the Sox include Chris Iannetta, Miguel Olivo, Chris Snyder, and even Twins prospect Wilson Ramos, though he'd be costly.
  • Cafardo praises the work Miguel Cabrera has put in to improve his image after last year's off-field problems. According to Cafardo, the Tigers "entertained trade proposals for him, but they wanted the farm in return."
  • Ken Griffey Jr. is off to a slow start this year, but the Mariners will give him time to work through it. Seattle may eventually have to limit his playing time if his bat doesn't get hot, but would never release him.
  • Cafardo is skeptical that the Cubs will be able to trade for a setup man and move Carlos Zambrano back into the rotation in the near future, suggesting the relief market is fairly thin.
  • One AL international scout's assessment of Cuban shortstops Jose Iglesias and Adeiny Hechavarria: "Iglesias is certainly the more polished player at this stage, but Hechavarria has more upside…. I’d say Iglesias could play defensively in the big leagues right now, where Hechavarria would need a year or two to refine his game a bit." While the Sox would like to give Iglesias more minor league experience, they could bring him up if something were to happen to Marco Scutaro or Dustin Pedroia.


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21 Comments on "Cafardo On Suzuki, Cabrera, Griffey, Zambrano"


jwredsox
5 years 4 months ago

Why would the A’s move Suzuki? I’d love it if they did but didn’t an article earlier say that Beane loved him?

barroomhero
5 years 4 months ago

Seriously. There is no way that the A’s would move Suzuki. That is a stupid thing for Cafardo to say.

strikethree
5 years 4 months ago

Who doesn’t love him?

The A’s will ask for too much and the Sox will offer too little.

5 years 4 months ago

The A’s wouldn’t move Suzuki—yet, anyways. Stassi’s coming down the pipeline, but he’s still a few years away, so expect Suzuki to stick around.

What the A’s *would* trade, though, is their catching depth. Landon Powell and Josh Donaldson are both quality catchers stuck behind Suzuki, and they both have power, so either’d be nice in Boston’s lineup. The switch-hitting Powell in particular.

Yankee_Baal
5 years 4 months ago

I thought Powell’s defense was suspect. I think that at some point this offseason I heard of plans of using him as an everyday DH, but if he is at least defensively decent and has average game calling abilities, the A’s would have a great trading chip there.

philpbarnes
5 years 4 months ago

Id love Wilson Ramos. Although he’d (rightly) cost us a lot.

Is there anyone who the Twins would be interested in?

BoSoxSam
5 years 4 months ago

Sure. Buchholz or Bard. Now do you want to let those guys go for Ramos? I would love Ramos as well, but I can’t seem to think up a trade proposal that would make sense for both teams. Either the Red Sox give up too much pitching talent, or the Twins don’t get anyone useful in return.

Drew
5 years 4 months ago

2B/3B are potential holes in our Major League team. I don’t know the Sox farm system well enough to be specific, but the kid’s gonna be a stud, and we’re in no hurry to move him, so it wouldn’t come cheap…

5 years 4 months ago

chris ianetta or miguel olivo arent going to the sox. they are too valuable for the rockies to lose and every single trade between the rockies and red sox…well…fails

Ferrariman
5 years 4 months ago

i guess cafardo also thinks that they can get albert pujols for david ortiz?

5 years 4 months ago

A trade consisting of Trot Nixon, Mark Bellhorn and Bill Mueller probably makes more sense. This IS Pujols we’re talking about here.

asfan2010
5 years 4 months ago

WOuld A’s move suzuki? Porbably not, but not impossible

He’s 3 years before free agency so it would take a sizeable return

A’s have jake fox, landon powell, josh donaldson, and anthony recker as their other ctaching depth. Landon Powell and Donaldson could do a serviceable job IMO. Powell could be had, but has durability issues. I have no clue where donaldson fits in long term

asfan2010
5 years 4 months ago

I just thought of a deal

Landon Powell for Jed Lowrie?

Redhawk
5 years 4 months ago

While Chris Iannetta I think is available for the right price, the Rockies aren’t in any hurry to move him. They would still need a back-up catcher. McKenry is close, but he’s struggling right now with AAA pitching. Rosario is a better prospect but is in AA and at least a year away.

And a Rockies/Red Sox trade? there’s still bad blood for the Rockies after the last few attempted trades with the Red Sox.

progmatinee
5 years 4 months ago

Is there anything the Sox could offer Colorado that would help them this year in the playoff hunt? I’m ready to part with Iannetta if it helps immediately, but if we’re only getting a prospect, then there really wouldn’t be much of a point from the Rox angle.

Redhawk
5 years 4 months ago

See I don’t think there is anything the Rockies need in 2010. We have Starting pitching depth close in Rogers, and Chacin (both would be in the Dodgers rotation). We have bullpen depth in the minors as well. What the Rockies need is an impact corner bat, that is young and would be ready in a few years. They will need an OF to replace Hawpe next year (but the Rox may have that in Seth Smith), and a 1b to replace Helton in a few years.

But 2010 the Rockies are set, barring a major injury.

Redhawk
5 years 4 months ago

See I don’t think there is anything the Rockies need in 2010. We have Starting pitching depth close in Rogers, and Chacin (both would be in the Dodgers rotation). We have bullpen depth in the minors as well. What the Rockies need is an impact corner bat, that is young and would be ready in a few years. They will need an OF to replace Hawpe next year (but the Rox may have that in Seth Smith), and a 1b to replace Helton in a few years.

But 2010 the Rockies are set, barring a major injury.

mrfan3000
5 years 4 months ago

A’s also have a nice catching prospect coming up through the system (Max Stassi)….. which might make Suzuki expendable BUT I highly doubt he gets moved.

mrfan3000
5 years 4 months ago

A’s also have a nice catching prospect coming up through the system (Max Stassi)….. which might make Suzuki expendable BUT I highly doubt he gets moved.

swishasnkush
5 years 4 months ago

yeah i like Kurt where he is, he’s one of the few A’s players i really like.

swishasnkush
5 years 4 months ago

yeah i like Kurt where he is, he’s one of the few A’s players i really like.