I like the reports that I hear about him calling a game. There is a reason Johnny Estrada has been traded in three consecutive off-seasons. I realize that his offensive tools are on the decline, but for the same price as Estrada, we have a good defensive catcher to tutor the young pitching staff in Kendall, and a set-up man with a power arm in Guillermo Mota. I like the trade-off.
However, I think we could have spent a few dollars more and gotten Paul LoDuca (better bat than either, though not the greatest of defensive catchers). Or even a few more dollars and gotten Ivan Rodriguez (worth giving up an extra outfielder and an excess pitcher. Maybe even Derrick Turnbow, seeing how the Tigers Joel Zumaya is out for half of next season).
But more than the catching situation (who is the back-up? The boring Eric Munson or the even-aginger Damian Miller?), I am much more interested in what magic Doug Melvin can pull off at the winter meetings this week.