Kottaras released
November 18th, 2009 by czar

I don’t think anyone deluded themselves into thinking Kottaras was the future of the position but I thought he played well given his role last year and the cries that the 25 year-old Wagner is the future of the Sox catching problem really quieted down after a horrific second half in AAA. Honestly, I’d rather have Kottaras, Wagner, or Brown up with the big club instead of Varitek, so the fact that Sox were forced to cut ties with Kottaras makes the Varitek signing even more horrific than it was last year.

I still think Kottaras can be a very serviceable backup (I mean; does anyone realize how bad a catcher has to be to not be a serviceable backup?) if not a mediocre-to-decent starter somewhere else. He’s not terribly polished defensively (although most catchers who can hit their way out of a paper bag aren’t) but his minor league peripherals indicate his ability to swing the bat should allow him to stick through his peak years. So while it’s not a huge loss– especially to the 2010 team– it just adds to rub a little salt in the gashes the Captain left on the backstop position over the last couple of years.

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