I don't mind the price they are currently paying him at..However, Ive dug a bit and saw a more alarming trend than even I figured.
Ross (23 games) Catcher ERA- 3.08
Salty (78 games)- 4.05
Shoppach- 4.04 (May be off due to 1/3 of his starts being with another team).
Varitek (64 starts)- 3.57
Salty (96 starts)- 4.65
Now granted maybe '12 is a little closer and '13 has obviously been short sample size...But combined the trio of Teck, Shoppach, and Ross have caught around 130 games for Boston which is deff enough of a sample too question his ability behind the plate.
Over the last yrs hes been about a total run HIGHER, now even if you throw is coincidences... And lets say he makes a 0.5 Run diff, isn't that extremely alarming? That would be a diff of -81 prorated.
It is very hard too measure catcher defense, But DWAR (And other well known saber stats) don't take into account blocks/framing etc and obviously its hard too measure catcher era as that is largely a pitchers doing, But I feel as though while it is hard too measure..It still needs too be taken into account and atleast be attempted too measure.
2 pretty interesting articles...and im not saying these stats are 100% accurate (Really, no stat is that cant be measured with absolute numbers) ..Still interesting imo and atleast its thought out and attempting too measure something that is rarely measured.