Originally Posted by IslandRed
With the precondition that Saltalamacchia's defense is good enough to stay behind the dish for the next several years -- and that's not something I have an opinion on; I only know the Braves think McCann's defense is better -- I tend to agree with you. A sweet-hitting catcher is a rare thing. It's not unreasonable to suggest Salty will be as valuable in a VORP context over the next five years as Dunn, and that's not even considering what else we can spend Dunn's money on (like a right-handed thumper to play left field) until Salty hits arbitration.
I wouldn't want to make that move if we looked like a contender this year, but if we're not, it comes down to Dunn's 2008 versus Saltalamacchia's next five-plus seasons, and that's a pretty easy call for me.
Especially considering that three of our best young players are lefty thumpers, two of which play outfield. Dunn for Saltalamacchia, assuming Salty is not just hype, I'd have to make that deal. Good hitting catchers are hard to find.