Originally written February 10, 2013 on Baseball Professor:
I was listening to the Dear Mr. Fantasy podcast yesterday with guest Eno Sarris of Fangraphs.com, and he ran through the list of catchers who have had multiple good fantasy seasons after the age of 31. While “good” was never statistically defined, it included the usual suspects: Mike Piazza, Jorge Posada, maybe Ivan Rodriguez, and I’m probably forgetting one or two. Regardless, the list was short. Victor Martinez is 34 years old, and the last time we saw him he was 32 years old. He spent his age-33 season recovering from unexpected knee surgery after tearing his ACL last January. I’m not concerned about Martinez’s age at all. He’s on the older side, but he’ll be a DH this year. Alex Avila is Detroit’s every day catcher, and he’s pretty good. He’s not great, but at the very least he’s good enough to be a starting catcher on a World Series team. Martinez was an every day catcher in 2010 with Boston, playing 110 games behind the plate, but in 2011 with Detroit he donned the protective ...
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