Official MLB Thread - Part VII
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12-12-2012, 02:06 PM
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Atlanta, GA
Granderson had the 26th ranked OPS last year. I'll live with his flaws. We've lost a lot of homers from last year, and while we got more contact happy with Ichiro and Youk here full time, you still need to be able to turn the ball around, particularly in Y.S.
unless youre replacing him with hamilton, you're talking about going from a starting OF duo in Swisher and Granderson that had what...like 65ish homers to a duo in Gardner and say someone else who will combine for maybe 25? That's a SIGNIFICANT dropoff. He scores 100+ runs a year, he drives in 100+ runs a year, and he plays good D.
is he perfect? no.
i wouldnt trade him though. the grass always seems to be greener on the other side.
I want this team to be able to hit homers, to hit for contact to steal bases, etc. but you have to piece that together, youre NEVER going to find a complete team with players all capable of doing that...if you were, say hello to a 500 million dollar payroll.
Losing Granderson, Martin, and Swisher from this team without adding any significant power other than Youklis, and you'll see them drop from one of the best offensive teams in baseball to one of the more average teams.
Like I said. I'd go to war with what we have right here, right now. I love the addition of Youklis...he addresses on base needs. A-Rod being healthy, and a DH will help a lot. Ichiro gives us speed and another contact OBP guy. I love our dynamics next year as long as our pitching stays healthy.
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