I am asking, at what point do the Sox just move on with preparation for the new season assuming that Varitek won't be part of that preparation... We have new pitchers on the team, so I assume that it would be important for the team to focus on the team "as is" in terms of catching at that point...I just wasn't sure if there was a date when the team would just say, OK, this hasn't worked out, we need to assume Bard/Kottaras will be working the pitching staff from opening day.
I think that the consensus is that 1) if signed Tek would not catch nearly as many games for the Sox in '09 as he did in the past and 2) the Sox have a number of "new" pitchers who will need extra time getting familiar with the Sox catchers. Given these "facts" everyday after ST starts where the Sox are unsure who their catchers will be only serves to lessen the amount of preparation time the pitchers and catchers have together. If the Sox trade for a young catcher mid-way through ST or if they sign Tek late into ST it will cause the "new" pitchers additional time to get fully up to speed with their catchers.
I am sure there will be some date when Theo, Tito and Farrell conclude that they will stand pat with the catchers that are in camp and that further roster moves may be counter productive. Obviously, none of us know when that magic date will arrive.
I think that the Sox are already "set" with option A of going to ST with Brown/Kottaras/Bard and choosing two to round out the roster. They are also actively pursuing option B where they trade for one of Saltalamacchia/Montero/Teagarden and choose from option A for the back-up. And they will pursue option C where they sign Tek and option D where they sign Tek and trade for a young catcher. All these options are still active and only the Sox brass know when they will drop any because of the negative impact on the development of their pitching staff.
For my money, I doubt the Sox will wait much past 10 days into ST before they lock it down. In the end, only the Sox have a handle on timing.
Edited by SoxFanSince57, 24 January 2009 - 01:39 PM.