|Swihart left, Vazquez right.|
My question is, do the Red Sox really need to chose? I don't think there's an issue (other than figuring out what to do with veteran backup Ryan Hanigan). Catchers are not everyday players. On average, most regular backstops play about 100-110 games per season. It seems to me there's an easy solution:
Split the 162 down the middle and it's 81 each. Put Swihart at DH for 20 games or so when 40-year-old David Ortiz needs a day off, and that's 101 starts for both young catchers. Problem solved. Or at the very least, begin the season with that plan and see what happens.