Originally Posted by Moses_Scurry
A new catcher must be acquired.
Rank the catchers in order of preference based on consensus requirements (Length of contract, AAV, ability, age, etc.)
If AJ is the best they can get, sign him. If they can get somebody better, sign them. Leave any emotions out of it. I'd love to have him back, but I'd rather have one of the better options.
While we try to act like the answer is this simple, the answer is not as simple as "Who else would you rather have?"
You have to rank them on two different scenarios:
- Sox make themselves, with the rest of the roster, good enough to compete
- Sox don't, like 2013
If it's the former and other holes are adequately filled, sure, why not pursue him. If the latter, no way. You don't just go get an aging player because he's the only thing available if you are not trying to really compete. In that case, better off throwing $1.5 million to Soto.