Comments on: Is Jason Varitek worth having? http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/9354 This and that about baseball stats. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:01:55 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6 By: Johnny Twisto http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/9354/comment-page-1#comment-77728 Wed, 15 Dec 2010 15:56:20 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=9354#comment-77728 test

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By: Is Jason Varitek worth having? | Topicco – Find, Read, Share http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/9354/comment-page-1#comment-76070 Mon, 06 Dec 2010 20:35:28 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=9354#comment-76070 [...] here: Is Jason Varitek worth having? This entry was posted in Sports and tagged original-table, victor-martinez. Bookmark the [...]

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By: Sean http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/9354/comment-page-1#comment-75647 Sat, 04 Dec 2010 20:00:40 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=9354#comment-75647 Just a piece of the master plan. Martinez was out because they don't like him catching and have a DH at a reasonable cost and low year term. Catcher may be a position where the Sox *hope* to get decent offensive productivity, but will be happy if the catching duties are filled. Salty/ Tek is what we have.

Now that the Red Sox may have acquired A-Gon, they will have bonafide power at the infield corners and now need to go out and get a major league outfielder with pop (Werth?).

You hope for good health, that Lackey and Beckett rebound and Papelbon, too, and you go to war with that.

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By: Daily Links – Weekend Edition http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/9354/comment-page-1#comment-75599 Sat, 04 Dec 2010 13:46:04 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=9354#comment-75599 [...] at the Baseball Reference Blog tries to determine what value Jason Varitek has for the Sox both at and behind the [...]

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By: rico petrocelli http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/9354/comment-page-1#comment-75585 Sat, 04 Dec 2010 11:22:30 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=9354#comment-75585 Captain V was holding out for 5 years at $23MM but caved

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By: Carl http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/9354/comment-page-1#comment-75535 Sat, 04 Dec 2010 04:50:09 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=9354#comment-75535 Tek is quite worth it. He's a useful hitter and he's a fine defensive catcher - I don't think it's a coincidence that he's caught no-hitters from 4 different starters. he's the team captain and will be a fine mentor for Saltalamacchia.

A better question is: who is a better backup catcher in the majors?

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By: Austyn http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/9354/comment-page-1#comment-75465 Fri, 03 Dec 2010 22:38:16 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=9354#comment-75465 What is tOPS? It is just the OPS of the hitters when Varitek is catching?

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By: Basmati http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/9354/comment-page-1#comment-75424 Fri, 03 Dec 2010 19:26:00 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=9354#comment-75424 I find this stuff interesting as the Angels have had a similar problem for some time. Mike Napoli adds value with the bat but is a below average catcher. Jeff Mathis adds defensive value but is poor with the bat. The splits on this site can probably help with these sorts of decisions.

I just looked at the splits, over 5 years Mathis has a tOPS+ of 96 and a OPS+ of 53! Napoli has a tOPS+ of 105 but a OPS+ of 118.

This year the Angels have to decide whether to keep both of these guys, considering they also have Bobby Wilson and Hank Conger coming through. I would say looking at the above numbers Napoli looks the better bet but his tOPS+ has got worse every year and you wonder if he has a future there. I also think Mathis has much more potential with the bat, as his postseason OPS of 1.150 shows.

Amazingly Mathis has a dWAR of -0.8 to go with an oWAR of -1.5. Napoli has a dWAR of -2.0 but an oWAR of +13.0.

It does seem a bit of a liability to carry a guy who hits like Mathis or even Varitek of recent times. However $2m is not big money especially for the Red Sox and Varitek clearly adds value defensively, so it might be good to have him around for the younger guys to learn from. Lets face it it's very difficult to find a catcher with good defensive skills and great hitting, they're few and far between and every team wishes they had a Mauer.

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By: Tmckelv http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/9354/comment-page-1#comment-75359 Fri, 03 Dec 2010 15:29:17 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=9354#comment-75359 I think Varitek is worth having just for his defense (there are not a lot of great hitting catchers out there - so we are comparing him to himself from a few years ago). the pitchers have confidence in him and he has A LOT of experience in big games/situations. His hitting may be "middle of the pack" for catchers now, but as a Yankee fan, he still seems to come up with big hits (maybe a little more quality over quantity at this point).

I would just use him as the main catcher (100 games), maybe for specific pitchers (if there are any that pitch particularly well with varitek) and bat him 8th, and let him perform his "Captain's" dutys.

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By: Andy http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/9354/comment-page-1#comment-75334 Fri, 03 Dec 2010 14:19:06 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=9354#comment-75334 Yeah--Varitek finished with an OPS+ of 100 last year, which obviously would be wonderful to get again. But, he did it playing basically only the first couple of months before getting injured (and before he had a chance to wear down like he did the two previous seasons.)

If they can use Tek selectively and get an OPS+ around 85-90, then he's worth it, provided Saltalamacchia or another catcher does reasonably well as the main catcher.

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