Sunday, December 17, 2006

KW Gives Sox Fans an Early Christmas Present

We can officially put to rest the Sandy Alomar rumors! Finally, we have a back-up catcher, and thank goodness, it's a legitimate back-up! I think of all KW's moves this season, this one has made me the happiest. Seriously, if AJ were to go down with no legit back-up, the Sox would have been sunk; Sandy or Stewart behing the plate would not cut it.

We also needed a back-up that could effectively spell AJ every now and then, especially against lefties. We all saw how AJ struggled during the close of the season, as he tired. AJ only hit .228 and .280 in August and September. I think we'll see Toby against most lefties; over his career AJ has hit .248 against lefties, while Hall has hit them to the tune of a .274 average, with a .297 average over the past 3 years.

This is a great signing by Kenny, and I'm thoroughly pleased. I'm especially happy, because he's signed for more than one year. I figured Kenny would talk Hall into signing for one-year to raise his status for free agency next year, but instead the Sox are paying him $3.65 million for two years, with a club option for $2.25 million.

Now if only we can find a suitable left fielder.


Blogger Jake Berlin said...

Whether this was a Christmas, Channukah, Kwanzaa, Ramadan, or Solstice present, it's just what I wanted!

12/17/2006 5:29 PM  
Blogger jamesmnordbergjr said...

I agree...finally a significant move (although some will say the RP moves were just as much, but pitching can be a crap shoot).

This is an obvious upgrade/ improvement, and a nice move by KW.

12/17/2006 8:52 PM  
Anonymous Jim said...

I guess this move is OK.

12/19/2006 9:49 AM  
Anonymous Kman said...

Nice value play by Kenny here. Two years at low $$$ is almost a god-send in today's market. Plus, Toby's always had potential, and maybe a new full-time home can bring out some of that potential.

12/20/2006 6:13 PM  

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