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11-16-2012, 11:13 AM
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Originally Posted by Blades of Glory View Post
As good as this deal looks for the Jays, I would think it is worth pointing out that it all depends on which version of Reyes and Johnson shows up. If it's the 2012 Reyes (2.8 WAR) and Johnson (3.2 WAR), it really isn't much of an upgrade over Yunel Escobar and whoever else the Jays would have had in the rotation. But if the 2011 Reyes and 2010 Johnson show up, the Jays might be the favorites in the AL East. OK, maybe not the favorites, but at least a good bet for a playoff spot.
Johnson at his worst is still better then half the guys we had starting games last year, and Jose Reyes is 100x better player then Escobar. He has below average range for a SS, horrible speed/baserunner, and makes countless dumb mistakes. On top of that, Reyes is 1 year removed from a batting title while Escobar hasn't topped .300 since his rookie season where he hit .326 in 319 at bats.

Reyes is better in almost every regard. I give Escobar's arm the edge, he does have a rocket.

Escobar is a serviceable major leaguer, but nowhere close to the same league as Reyes.

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