PDA

View Full Version : Cardinals sign Jason LaRue as backup catcher



Vada Pinson Fan
11-19-2007, 08:23 PM
Cardinals signed catcher Jason LaRue, who had been with the Royals, to a one-year, $850,000 contract.

I didn't think LaRue commanded that much of a contract, even at $850 thousand.

Redhook
11-19-2007, 08:48 PM
Glad it wasn't the Reds.

Vada Pinson Fan
11-19-2007, 09:07 PM
Redhook- I couldn't agree more! We already have a catcher that has a tough time hitting
.200 or better. Went over to one of the Cardinals forums (this one at MLB's Cardinals website-fan forums) and for the most part the Cards fans were pleased to add LaRue as a backup because of his arm/defense. I think I read LaRue threw out something like 16 of 40 base-runners last year. Must be that the Cards don't have a catcher in the minors that they want to have occupy the bench most of the time behind Yadier Molina. One KC fan wrote in to say that LaRue's hitting will frustrate the heck out of you. We all know that too well!

GoReds33
11-19-2007, 10:37 PM
They got ripped off. What bet did they lose to make this deal?

DannyB
11-20-2007, 07:30 AM
I would take Larue at $850k over Ross at $2.8mil every day.

IamWallaman
11-20-2007, 09:07 AM
Moeller's still available! :p:

ChatterRed
11-20-2007, 09:22 AM
I would take Larue at $850k over Ross at $2.8mil every day.


I think I just threw up.

DannyB
11-20-2007, 05:32 PM
I think I just threw up.

Sorry,I am not in the Ross fan club.Truth is if I had to pay a catcher $2.8 mil and only had the 2 choices it would be Larue hands down.

AmarilloRed
11-20-2007, 07:46 PM
He was picked up by the Cardinals for his ability to throw runners out.

redsfanmia
11-20-2007, 08:05 PM
He was picked up by the Cardinals for his ability to throw runners out.

They also picked up his ability to allow passed balls.

gedred69
11-20-2007, 08:32 PM
Sorry,I am not in the Ross fan club.Truth is if I had to pay a catcher $2.8 mil and only had the 2 choices it would be Larue hands down.

You can't be serious. The only quality LaRue had was throwing out base runners, period. He is a horrible catcher, and just as bad at calling a game. When was the last time an MLB catcher used his mitt like a trash can lid trying to trap a mouse, on pitches in the dirt!?!? I agree, Ross is over-paid, but he can catch, call a game, throw runners out, and hit a few HRs.

Bip Roberts
11-20-2007, 08:49 PM
Sorry,I am not in the Ross fan club.Truth is if I had to pay a catcher $2.8 mil and only had the 2 choices it would be Larue hands down.

Have you looked at Larues stats?

Bip Roberts
11-20-2007, 08:50 PM
You can't be serious. The only quality LaRue had was throwing out base runners, period. He is a horrible catcher, and just as bad at calling a game. When was the last time an MLB catcher used his mitt like a trash can lid trying to trap a mouse, on pitches in the dirt!?!? I agree, Ross is over-paid, but he can catch, call a game, throw runners out, and hit a few HRs.
Compared to what other catchers in the majors make Ross is a steal

gedred69
11-20-2007, 09:24 PM
Compared to what other catchers in the majors make Ross is a steal

You're right in that aspect. And my drift says so. I wouldn't blink an eye if asked to choose between the two, in answering, ROSS! I also give Ross credit for the ability to deliver in the clutch from time to time, ala Joe Oliver.....

Vada Pinson Fan
11-20-2007, 10:31 PM
I'm not a Jason LaRue fan at all but from what I read at the Cardinals forum I mentioned above, Jason LaRue was the catcher who caught 5 out of the 6 shutouts Royals pitchers had last year. Didn't research it. Just what I read.

As far as Ross goes, I'm hoping he returns to his 2006 form. I think he can hit 20+ homers again IF he can get that swing of his corrected. Aside from the salary difference, I take Ross over LaRue any day. Ross is a better all-around catcher than LaRue ever thought of being. Just my opinion.

AmarilloRed
11-21-2007, 12:08 AM
It is hard to say Ross had a career year in 2006 when he has only a couple years of MLB experience, but it will be interesting to see how he does this year. Jason LaRue was a good catcher for the Reds for a long period of time, but his skills definitely have eroded. I wish LaRue all the best, but his time in Cincinnati is done. As for Ross, I imagine he will have some work to do to be the starting catcher coming out of spring training.

DannyB
11-21-2007, 07:44 AM
Have you looked at Larues stats?

Yes and also Ross's.
I also watched Ross all of 2007. I saw him choke at the plate,striking out at a pace to match Dunn.I saw him miss throws from the outfield and miss tags when he did catch it. And I wonder if Todd Coffey thinks he calls such a great game.

Dunner44
11-21-2007, 01:54 PM
Yes and also Ross's.
I also watched Ross all of 2007. I saw him choke at the plate,striking out at a pace to match Dunn.I saw him miss throws from the outfield and miss tags when he did catch it. And I wonder if Todd Coffey thinks he calls such a great game.


Are you blaming Ross for Coffey's predictable pitch progressions? Because, as I undersatnd it, thats on Coffey and his inability to trust any pitch but the 'ol number 1.

DannyB
11-21-2007, 05:19 PM
Are you blaming Ross for Coffey's predictable pitch progressions? Because, as I undersatnd it, thats on Coffey and his inability to trust any pitch but the 'ol number 1.

Of course no one but Coffey throws the pitch so its on him.
Still have to wonder why he wouldnt throw anything else tho.
Think about it,when Coffey comes in there is usually a runner on.
Isn't it much easier for Ross to make that throw to second on 'ol #1?