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Would Triple-A catcher Luis Exposito represent a viable alternative?
I think because of Federowicz' catch-and-throw ability, that's his skill. He can do those two things. The question is going to be the hitting. I think he would be No. 1 on the list right now. if they had to make a move, he'd be the guy they'd bring up.
It's an interesting thought, and one I think I might agree with. Federowicz' defense certainly seems a lot more likely to translate instantly to the majors than, say, Lavarnway's offense, and he's superior to Exposito in that category. The problem is, do the Sox think there's any possibility for him as a long-term starter (his bat has been surprising this year), and if so, is it worth the risk of so heavily messing with his development?
Daniel Bard not only knows about Fangraphs, but Shutdowns and Meltdowns? It's not always a good idea to have a player's head wrapped up in the numbers, but having a greater idea both of a reliever's role and how he can best ensure he fulfills it can't hurt.
And yet, we get Okajima.
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It's not exactly encouraging seeing Bartolo return to Cy Young form, I have to say.
They sure got to .500 awfully fast...