Salty’s Making Waves

Hey Guys,

I have a question about my catcher situation.  I had Ramon Hernandez on the DL and picked up Saltalamacchia to take his place.  When he plays, Saltalamacchia has been raking, and I was wondering if I should try to make a deal with Ramon Hernandez to a team in need of a catcher in hopes of buying an upgrade at OF, etc.

Thanks a lot,

Mike from Scottsdale

Mike,

Saltalamacchia may be raking, but it’s too soon to depend on him as a reliable starting option in leagues where you play only one catcher.  There’s no question this guy can hit.  The only question is how much of an opportunity he’ll get with McCann now healthy.  Still, the fact that he’s gotten 12 at bats in the last three games is encouraging, as Bobby Cox has become more and more comfortable giving Jarrod extra playing time at first base.  Scott Thorman’s lack of production of late (.219 AVG  5 RBI in June) will only help.  I wouldn’t look to deal Hernandez just yet, as he’s assured an everyday job while Saltalamacchia is not.  But definitely keep Salty around and closely monitor the Braves’ catcher/first base situation.  By this time next week, I might have a different answer!

Zach Steinhorn, MLB.com    

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