I've thought a couple of times about making this thread and have looked for something similar and haven't found it, so here this one is.
Sometimes it's interesting to look at what former Dodger players are doing or to make note of something that a former Dodger has just done.
For example, former Dodgers Jamey Wright and James Loney just combined to get the Tampa Rays out of a bases loaded nobody out jam.
Wright gets a strikeout of the first batter.
The second batter scorches a line drive to Loney who makes the grab for the first out, then tries to beat the runner back to first, realizes he won't, looks to second, flings the ball down there to complete the double play
He struggled his last 2 seasons in LA and tore his labrum in 2010. The Dodgers offered him about $4 million for the 2011 season in which he was arbitration eligible and coming off of injury and 2 years of decreased performance. Martin declined and signed with the Yankees.
I was in favor of the Dodgers brining Martin back in 2009, but there were certainly some concerns there.
I'm no genius, but it seems to me that replies like the above are why posters tend to stay away from you. Just some food for thought.
Now back into the shadows I go...
A poster indicated he didn't have some information. I did my best to provide that information.
If that causes people to 'stay away' from me on an online forum, so be it. Doesn't sound like the type of individual I really need near me.
Anyway, more information
From 2011-2013 AJ Ellis and Rod Barajas combined for: .240/.325/.387 for a .312 wOBA which was almost exactly league average. That offensive performance, combined with the defensive measure available on FanGraphs had the 2 Dodger starting catchers producing about 7.7 WAR.
From 2011-2013 Russ Martin put up these numbers: .225/.321/.395 for a .318 wOBA which was almost exactly league average. That offensive performance combined with the defensive measures available on FanGraphs had Martin producing about 8.9 WAR.
The difference between what Barajas and Ellis produced and what Martin produced was something along the lines of 1 win over three seasons.
Further, The Dodgers paid Ellis and Barajas just over $3 million to produce those nearly 8 WAR. The Yankees and Pirates paid Martin over $21 million to produce his nearly 9 WAR. That's a fairly significant difference in salary for a fairly insignificant difference in production.