If we were to renegotiate Kendall's deal with an extension, anybody else think the A's catching situation could turn into something like the late 90s Yankees, where the veteran slowly gives way to the youngster? Seems like that could be a perfect situation to replicate.
I was checking out baseballreference.com and playing time splits and the breakdown was:
1997: Posada - 60 games/188 ABs
Girardi - 112 games/398 ABs
1998: Posada - 111 games/358 ABs
Girardi - 78 games/254 ABs
1999: Posada - 112 games/379 ABs
Girardi - 65 games/209 ABs
So in the A's case Suzuki plays at AAA next year with maybe a late season call up. In renegotiating Kendall's deal we could sign him for 2 more seasons with a club option on a 3rd (just spitballing). So in 2008 Kendall gets a majority of the playing time but Suzuki gets plenty as well. Maybe Suzuki works into being the personal catcher for 2 of the starters (preferably veterans so he can learn about calling a game) and Kendall catches the other 3 starters including whomever the youngest are since he's shown his ability to bring them along. By 2009 Suzuki is catching 3 of the starters with Kendall catching 2 of the starters. By 2010 Suzuki is our starter and if he pans out as people hope then you don't pick up that option year for Kendall.
Of course we've still got Adam Melhuse, Landon Powell, Jeremy Brown and John Baker to think about, but that's for another day and another diary.