What is your opinion of the A.J. Pierzynski signing?
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The Texas Rangers traded catcher Matt Treanor to the Kansas City Royals for cash considerations Monday, giving them the roster flexibility to keep eight relievers to start the season.
I'd rather see CD off of the bench for a late innings defensive upgrade or left handed power. But, with our rotation being so shaky, I guess it wouldn't hurt to have 24 out of the 25 available slots being pitchers. We can just have Hamilton roam the outfield and the pitcher cover the infield.
I guess Napoli just gained a lot more PAs?
This move seems a bit short-sighted. For a team that complained about its catching depth last season, now you trade away some of that depth for an extra reliever who isn't guaranteed to stick around? Teagarden and Cash in the wings don't leave me feeling warm and fuzzy.
Teagarden will never see the majors this year unless there is an injury or in September for extra relief.
So I guess this means Napoli starts behind the dish against lefties?
Cause I can't see Napoli at 1B or DH a whole lot without another backstop.
Napoli is a give up at DH, but we'll see him at 1B more than we expect. Young is obviously the focus at DH, as Blanco backs up the INF. I'd like to think that the Org would rather see Napoli at 1B against LHH, over Young.... maybe 50/50? Treanor is a wave-less move that opens up windows for many to be engaged. Simple, no friction move. I like it.
I think this means we almost never see Napoli at DH, and see more of both Young and Moreland at DH than previously expected. If Napoli is at 1B, he can still back up the Catcher position, with either Moreland or Young at DH and the other on the bench. If you need to go to a backup Catcher, Napoli swings behind the plate, and Moreland/Young enters the game at 1B. I think on days when Napoli and either Moreland or Young are occupying the DH and 1B positions, it will almost always be Napoli at 1B and the other at DH for this reason.
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