September 29th, 2007

Here is the state of catching

The news here on the south side of Chicago is a two-year, $12.5 contract extension for catcher A.J. Pierzynski, who is now signed through 2010. Add in his $5.85 million salary for next year, and he’ll make more than $18 million over the next three years. That isn’t meant to justify the Tigers whether or not they eventually pick up Pudge’s $13 million option (which I expect they’ll do), but it basically gives an idea for other catchers who re-sign. Pierzynski turns 31 this winter and has around the same OPS as Pudge this year while ranking firmly above-average offensively for catchers over the last few seasons.

Maggs, Sheff sit

As expected, they’re out today (and, in Sheff’s case, Sunday as well). Guillen gets to DH for a game, while Ryan Raburn earns a start in RF. Timo Perez bats third in front of Guillen. Let the critiquing begin.

If you’re looking ahead to Sunday’s lineup (and if you’re in a fantasy league final where you can change your lineup every day, I bet you are), it gets a little tricky. Magglio will definitely play, either in right or at DH. Placido Polanco could bat leadoff if he needs two hits for 200, thus getting him potential another at-bat. He’ll hit second if he only needs one more hit for 200. If he’s there, well, he might not play at all. Granderson could also sit, but that could depend on his batting average. If he’s hitting .300, Leyland could decide to leave him at that for the season. If he’s just under the mark, count on him playing.

Anyway, here’s Saturday’s lineup:

  1. Granderson, CF
  2. Polanco, 2B
  3. Perez, LF
  4. Guillen, DH
  5. Casey, 1B
  6. Rodriguez, C
  7. Raburn, RF
  8. Inge, 3B
  9. Santiago, SS