Tip Drill: Prices behind the plate

Most of you crazy kids have drafted already, so this might serve as a depth/eval sheet more than a draft mandate. Anyway, you want to discuss catchers (that's what the e-mails say) and I'm here to do it with you.

$19 Brian McCann
$18 Russell Martin
$18 Geovany Soto

With Joe Mauer hurt and Victor Martinez off a major injury, this becomes, for my money, the Big Three. But I'm not the type of owner who aggressively spends at this position.

$16 Victor Martinez
$16 Ryan Doumit
$14 Chris Iannetta
$13 Joe Mauer

I was lukewarm on Mauer before the injury; now, he's a "your problem, not mine" sort of player. Iannetta was a surprising bargain for most of the spring.

$12 Bengie Molina
$12 Pablo Sandoval
$11 Jorge Posada
$11 Matt Wieters

I didn't try the Wieters gambit in any redraft league this year because I don't like giving up the bench space. Opinions vary. There are plenty of intelligent minds in this industry who like the stash-and-wait play, and I don't know anyone who doesn't think he'll be great right out of the box.

$9 A.J. Pierzynski
$9 Ramon Hernandez

Poor AJP. Nobody loves him.

$7 Dioner Navarro
$6 Jarrod Saltalamacchia
$6 Chris Snyder
$5 Yadier Molina

It feels like I'm going double or nothing on Salty at this price (and the siren song of Arlington is forever whispering in your ear). Molina's not really a sexy option and there's no power upside, but he's a nice second catcher if you need two at the position.

$4 Mike Napoli
$4 Kurt Suzuki
$4 Kenji Johjima
$3 John Baker

You'll make a profit on Johjima, I'm confident on that. Last year's cruel BABIP isn't going to happen again. Jeff Clement is out of the way. Johjima isn't *that* old, friends - just 32.

$2 Kelly Shoppach
$2 Ivan Rodriguez
$2 Brandon Inge

I think there's a splash of petrol left in the Pudge tank. Not a ton, but a little bit. Inge's offense will get a slight tick up now that he's not stuck behind home plate.

$1 Gerald Laird
$1 Miguel Olivo
$1 Rod Barajas
$1 Jeff Mathis
$0 Jesus Flores
$0 Jason Varitek
$0 Carlos Ruiz
$-3 Jason Kendall

Don't own Jason Kendall. The proof is left as an assignment for you.

Programming Note: Closing Time 2009 debuts Sunday night, and we'll have a continuous running blog (hosted by Dr. Behrens and myself) for Monday, opening day proper. The most sluggish spring training in history is just about over, amigos; let's toast to that.

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