It is almost comical to think about the vitriol directed at the Red Sox front office after catcher Victor Martinez signed with Detroit. Of course, nobody knew at the time that Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and multiple bullpen additions would be brought on board.
Many assumed that retaining Martinez would be priority No. 1 of the offseason, despite the fact that he would be in his mid-30s by the time a long-term deal expired and that he never had the reputation as a standout defensive catcher. On the other hand, he is such a good hitter — as well as a respected member of the clubhouse — and he plays a position as vital as any in sports. Seemingly, it would leave Boston with a huge hole to fill.
By making massive upgrades elsewhere, retaining Jason Varitek and giving a vote of confidence to Jarrod Saltalamacchia, the club feels strongly that catching will not be an issue. However, it may be one of just a handful of positions where they cannot boast of a top 10 player. Because of Martinez, the Tigers can.
Keeping in mind both offensive and defensive capabilities, we've compiled a list of the 10 best catchers in the game today.