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You're using catchers this year, right? Okay, let's price them. Assume a 5x5 format, as always (shame on the founding fathers for ignoring runs scored), and don't stress too much on any singular dollar value here - the important thing is noting how the players relate to one another.
When they ask Martinez what position he plays, he should say "hitter." But he's going to carry catcher eligibility for a while, no matter what eventually happens to his position.
The Orioles are a train wreck, but it's not the kid's fault. Let's hope he sees a team over .500 before too long; catching and losing is an unfair burden for anyone. … Molina probably looks like 4-5 guys on your weekend softball team. You want players like this in your bunker. … Suzuki's counting stats get a boost from the heavy workload the A's throw his way. Let's just hope they don't break him down early in his career.
Yadier Molina is another backstop getting run into the ground, but I'm sure the genius knows what he's doing. Molina played six days in a row (one of the games was 20 flipping innings) before getting Tuesday off. … There's no universal right answer with the Santanas and the Poseys; it depends on the scope of your league, the value of your bench spots, how competitive the waiver wire is, etc. Gotta take it on a case-by-case basis. … Montero's just a shot in the dark; I loved him in March, like we all did.
I'm not going to totally bury Clement yet because if he's able to snap out of this funk he immediately becomes uber-valuable as a faux-catcher. … There's always a stat-defense for Iannetta, or an excuse, but I'll be surprised if he's able to get anything past a time share with Olivo this summer.
I think Hundley could handle a regular catching gig (at least for our stat-grab purposes) but it's not happening yet. … Anyone else sick of waiting on Salty? . . . Baker is what he is, a useful part-timer but in a mixed league where just one catcher goes to post, you need to be above him on the list. … A few people got excited when Snyder fell into a full-time gig, but I don't see it. Go look at those career totals again.
$1 Kelly Shoppach(notes)
$1 John Buck(notes)
$1 Jeff Mathis(notes)
$1 Jason Varitek(notes)
$1 Jason Kendall(notes)
$1 J.R. Towles(notes)
$1 Dioner Navarro(notes)
$0 Rob Johnson(notes)
$0 Gregg Zaun(notes)
$0 Gerald Laird(notes)