Nationals Acquire Kurt Suzuki: MLB Rumors - MLBTradeRumors.com:
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Going off half cocked is as old and venerable tradition as there is on the Internet. So, in the interest of serving tradition, allow me to to do just that.
If the Nats are paying even one penny of Kurt Suzuki's contract next year, then any off season excuses about $$$$ are a complete joke.
$6 million plus in 2013 for Kurt freaking Suzuki! Ouch. A Loduca +$1m that hurts.
For what exactly? He's not an offensive upgrade from anyone the Nats have now even given the depressive aspect of his formerly home field.
38% of baserunners thrown out. Whoop de Doo. You can't tell me there aren't a couple of members of the International Brotherhood of Backup Catchers waiting down at the union hall who couldn't do that while wielding a wet noodle at the dish?
And David Freitas? A 23 year old with solid OBP skills. No one will be able to convince me that the Nats couldn't have gotten Geovanny Soto from the Cubs for Freitas had it been offered. Soto's line now might be worse but he has solid secondary skills and has the potential to be at least league average offensively.
If Billy Beane got rid of Suzuki's contract for the rest of this year and 2013 and still got a guy who could be a decent backup catcher in a few years then all I can say is please stop trading with Billy Beane. Or at least don't let him take his pick of your minor leagues. Avert your eyes as he replaces Suzuki with former Nat farmhand Derek Norris.
My warning is this: I refuse to count Suzuki's 2013 commitment toward the salary budget. You took this on with malace aforethought -- don't bitch later about spending restraints because you horribly overpaid for a bad catcher. Not buying it, not one tiny little bit.