(shout out to Vince in MN)
Yorvit Torrealba: 32/.271/.343/.378
Victor Martinez: 31/.302/.351/.493
A.J. Pierzynski: 33/.270/.300/.388
John Buck: 30/.281/.314/.489
Alex Avila: 23/.228/.316/.340
Buck is the cream of the crop, but he’s going to be pursued by quite a few teams, and 30 may be a little old for the long term deal that I’m guessing he’ll be looking for. I don’t think Martinez makes any sense because he’s primarily 1B/DH these days, and we’ve already got Guillen penciled in at DH. Don’t get me wrong, I’d love Martinez, but we already have a DH who will spend 1/3 of the season on the DL. I think I could deal with Pierzynski on a one year deal (though it would need to be less than the $6.75M he made last year) if he could help to groom Avila, or provide a bridge to whomever is next in line.
Bryan Holaday looks to be the only promising player in the farm system, and he’s likely a few years away from being ready to compete for the big league job. (He spent all of last year at Lakeland.)
What are your thoughts? Can you figure out a way to make Martinez work? Who’s in the John Buck hunt? White Sox, Rangers and Mets come to mind.