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Red Sox 'tracking the progress of Chris Iannetta'

May 21, 2010, 11:43 AM EDT

Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that “the Red Sox are tracking the progress of catcher Chris Iannetta in Triple-A Colorado Springs in case the Rockies make him available.”
Despite being 27 years old and a three-time Opening Day starter with over 1,100 career plate appearances Iannetta was demoted to Triple-A last month when he got off to a 4-for-30 (.133) start. He’s hitting .362 with five homers, seven doubles, and a 1.191 OPS in 15 games at Triple-A, but there’s no indication that the Rockies plan to bring him back, let alone give him a chance to reclaim his starting job over Miguel Olivo.
Boston’s interest in Iannetta would seemingly come into play after the season, when Victor Martinez and Jason Varitek are both free agents. What made the Rockies’ decision to demote Iannetta all the more confusing is that they signed him to a three-year, $8.5 million extension in January. Plenty of teams should be looking to take advantage of the Rockies souring on an under-30 catcher with a .799 career OPS and 23 homers per 500 at-bats who’s signed cheaply through 2012.

  1. Tom - May 21, 2010 at 12:44 PM

    Tracking his progress?
    The guy is raking in Triple A and obviously should be in the majors…

  2. Bobby Townsend - May 21, 2010 at 1:05 PM

    I believe he hit a walk-off HR on opening day for the Rockies. Going to the Red Sox makes sense and I am referring to this year. There is local flavor since he is from Rhode Island and played his high school in Pawtucket (I think)

  3. Joey B - May 21, 2010 at 1:07 PM

    He wouldn’t be starting over Olivo anyway, so they are in no hurry.
    He had a .656 road OPS last year, and didn’t hit righties last year. Still, for the RS, any catcher with a pulse has to get their attention. I think Theo is a lock for taking the draft picks for VMart, and even if we’re interested in returning Tek, I doubt he’s much more than a 50 or 60-game catcher.

  4. uncle jumpy - May 22, 2010 at 4:06 PM

    God knows they need a catcher . The two they have can’t throw out anyone.

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