The situation involving LaRue is extremely frustrating... The fact that Ross was benched after hitting two homers yesterday is baffling. Ross is showing no signs of cooling off and he would probably play better if he had a starting job. His numbers would look better overall even if his AVG/OBP/SLG/OPS dropped. I mean he would have just as much value or more value if he had 350 or 400 AB's... hit 30 some HR, batted .275 and maybe 80 RBI then what he is pacing right now. My gut feeling is with a starting job he would do even better and feel more comfortable with his role on the team and maintain his pace. Management is trying to shine LaRue up for a trade and it's costing us games. I mean come on... if he heats up he'll be batting what? .215? I mean he will still get practically no value and theres no point in costing us games by playing him as much/more than Ross. What we should do is play him part-time and let some desperate team needing a C (if there is a injury or something) claim him off waivers or maybe even trade for him if he slips through (probably will).
LaRue's value is so low, however, we are probably stuck with him unless we eat his salary. His career averages suggest he is a mediocre catcher and this year is probably a fluke. Nevertheless, we should play Ross everyday to increase Ross's value AND help us win games more. Then at season's end or even at the deadline we can deal Ross to someone and net some real return. If Ross catches around 5/6's of the games for the next month he would probably have stats around .285, 15, 50 in about 175 at bats or so and maybe even better. That could probably net some excellent relief pitching or even a more than serviceable starting pitcher if a couple more pieces are added.