Why Not Ryan Doumit or AJ Pierzynski as Future Red Sox Catcher?

Anthony EmersonAnalyst IJune 22, 2009

The Boston Red Sox are apparently interested in a catcher. Victor Martinez of the Cleveland Indians has been tossed around.

The Red Sox are interested in a catcher to replace their current catcher and captain, Jason Varitek. Current backup catcher George Kottaras doesn't seem to have the offensive capability to be a productive backstop. Kottaras has a .246 average, 15 hits in 61 at-bats in 23 games.

Kottaras has eight RBI this season with no home runs. The Red Sox also called up catcher Dusty Brown to replace Daisuke Matsuzaka on the 25-man roster. Brown is yet to appear in a Major League game.

But if the Red Sox need a long-term offensive catcher, Boston could look at Chicago White Sox starting catcher AJ Pierzynski or Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Ryan Doumit.

If the Red Sox are looking for a more long-term option, they should go after Doumit. Doumit is currently injured, and on the 15-day DL. Pittsburgh is considering moving Doumit to first base or right field after he returns from his injury. Doumit has only played in 12 games for the Pirates this season, has two home runs, nine RBI, and a .244 batting average. He has 11 hits in 45 at-bats.

Pierzynski has been known to be a sort of an instigator in the clubhouse, but I think that Pierzynski is just a fiery guy who could ignite a spark under Boston. This season, Perizynski is hitting .289 with seven home runs and 18 RBI. He has 59 hits in 57 games.

The Red Sox could trade pitcher Brad Penny for either Pierzynski or Doumit.

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