The Twitterverse is exploding with the news that Jason Varitek will return to the Red Sox on a 1-year, $2 million deal.
Here is why I’m OK with it:
|J. Saltalamacchia – Career vs RHP||0.273||0.343||0.422||(.765 OPS in 570 PAs)|
|J. Varitek – Last 3 years vs LHP||0.254||0.348||0.491||(.839 OPS in 244 PAs)|
Expect Varitek to regress a bit and Saltalamacchia (turning 26 in May) to improve a bit, and you have a catching tandem that will give you some offense. Not “Victor Martinez in his prime” caliber offense, but enough to not make you cringe when these guys face favorable R/L pitching match-ups.
Saltalamacchia is the wild card here. No one really knows knows what to expect from him. He could continue to circle the drain, or he could break out and become one of the better hitting catchers in the American League.
I must say, I was thinking about the possibility that Varitek would go to Los Angeles or somewhere like that, and the image of him wearing another uniform seemed bizarre, and wrong. I realize I sound like 22-year-old superfan Shawn McFauxhawk after 8 Bud Lights in the bleachers here, but that’s the honest truth.