Deposing the Bard

Josh Bard is out.

Is someone else in, or is it George Kottaras' time to shine?

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  • it makese sense, they brought Bard on in case something didn’t happen with Tek – Kottaras is out of options, and a much better hitter from the left side. Plus he caught Zink in the minors – albeit a different knuckler, still a knuckler…

    dw (sf) March 18, 2009, 2:01 pm
  • This makes no sense, unless:
    1. The Sox are about to acquire Teagarden or Salty
    2. The Sox are getting ready to release Wakefield as well
    3. Josh Bard slept with Francona’s wife
    I don’t think Kottaras is ready, and I don’t think this is the full news. Give it a day or two and I’m sure there will be another piece to the puzzle that makes this move make sense.

    Atheose March 18, 2009, 2:17 pm
  • somewhere dougie mirabelli just kicked an empty pizza box off the bed and chuckled to himself.

    sf rod March 18, 2009, 2:35 pm
  • no way would the sox release Wake (he may retire at their urging, but they wouldn’t dump him).
    – I think Bard was insurance for Tek, now that Tek is there, go with the younger, cheaper catcher as backup and let the season unfolds and see what is needed.

    dw (sf) March 18, 2009, 3:20 pm
  • (he may retire at their urging, but they wouldn’t dump him).
    That’s essentially what I meant.
    I still don’t think Kottaras is ready for a full season as a major-league backup catcher, and I was under the impression that he struggled to catch Wake as well. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

    Atheose March 18, 2009, 3:48 pm
  • I watched the game, he did a good job catching Wake IIRC, I remember one ball getting by him, but he seemed to handle things pretty well.

    dw (sf) March 18, 2009, 4:14 pm
  • Ahh, I haven’t seen him catch Wake at all, I was just going off of what I had heard from others. I hope he does okay, I just think that he hasn’t matured enough as a hitter.

    Atheose March 18, 2009, 4:48 pm
  • I still don’t think Kottaras is ready for a full season as a major-league backup catcher
    I am trying to assimilate what a low level of suck this statement describes.

    SF March 18, 2009, 5:00 pm
  • SF is correct. Even the most pessimistic projection — PECOTA’s — has Kottaras outperforming Cash, and significantly outslugging him.
    Bard and Varitek each have the same platoon splits, while Kottaras is essentially even, but has better slugging against righties. So if this is an indication the Sox are moving toward a platoon scenario with Tek and Kottaras, this is a very promising move indeed. The combined output of a lefties-only Tek and righties-only Kottaras would actually be quite impressive, given the position.

    Paul SF March 18, 2009, 5:09 pm
  • That’s the right move. It’s now or never for Kottaras and unless they were cutting Varitek, it had to be Bard. Still, Bard or Varitek? I expect Bard to have the better season and, worse for the Sox, I don’t expect Kottaras to start more than 60 games, unless there’s an injury to Varitek. It may be too soon for Kottaras, but the SOx had no choice. Still, Bard right now is probably the best of the bunch. He just wasn’t going to be catching a knuckler.

    Rob March 18, 2009, 5:36 pm
  • The combined output of a lefties-only Tek and righties-only Kottaras would actually be quite impressive, given the position.
    So that means Varitek starting only once or twice a week? I don’t see that unless he’s teh suck again.

    Rob March 18, 2009, 5:37 pm
  • Word. I’m happy George is finally going to get a little game time, and in a nicely low-pressure circumstance too. Let’s see what we have on our hands before losing a Bowden to get a Texas catcher.

    Hit Dog March 18, 2009, 5:38 pm
  • You mean a Buchholz.

    AndrewYF March 18, 2009, 5:51 pm
  • I think the Pecota projections should be taken with a few grains of skepticism since Kottaras has only five major-league at-bats. I would love to be wrong, but I personally think he’ll totally suck this year, even if used mostly against righties. Rob makes a great point about Varitek too; I just don’t see him playing in only ~50 games this season.
    I’m calling it now: Varitek will OPS+ 110, and Kottaras will be traded/released/thrown-into-a-volcano by June. Like I said I’d love to be wrong, but I’m just not high on Kottaras, despite any projections. I freely admit that there’s no proof to this assertion, and that it’s just my gut feeling.

    Atheose March 18, 2009, 8:52 pm

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