Limited Kids Cameron Fleming Jersey So, until recently, it’s been a small list. There is now a fifth must-read Hall of Fame book, though, with the recent publication of Jay Jaffe’s The Cooperstown Casebook (446 pages, Thomas Dunne Books, Hardcover, $25.99). Jaffe’s debut solo book isn’t perfect but makes for a long-overdue update for The Politics of Glory.
Stylistically, Jaffe’s work is in the same vein as The Politics of Glory or another James classic, The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract. There isn’t a book-length narrative as with Cooperstown Confidential or A Legend for the Legendary, but a series of mini-biographical capsules most of the way, breaking down the most deserving Hall of Famers at every position.
That’s not sustainable for a catcher, even an outstanding young player like Contreras. The Cubs need to add someone to lighten the load, and veteran Alex Avila feels like a perfect fit. The Tigers are sellers on the market, and Avila, 30, is a free agent after the season. The left-handed hitter is having his best offensive season since 2011, when he produced a 5.1 rWAR for Detroit. Avila’s batting .291 with 11 homers and a .932 OPS in 70 games.
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As for other options … the Cubs know former Milwaukee catcher Jonathan Lucroy well, and he’s a soon-to-be free agent in Texas who is having a so-so year offensively (.251 average, .653 OPS). That lack of production means he wouldn’t be super expensive for the Cubs, and maybe the two teams work out some type of Darvish-and-Lucroy combo deal. Kurt Suzuki wouldn’t be a headline-grabbing addition, but he’s a veteran who has eight homers and a .813 OPS in 44 games as Atlanta’s second catcher. That would definitely be an upgrade for the Cubs.