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11-22-2013, 06:20 PM
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Originally Posted by SA16 View Post
Because it was a very good deal. He plays good defense, is a good base runner, walks a lot, has good power, and good speed. Negatives are low avg due to tendency of being an extreme FB hitter and lots of strikeouts. Down year last year was largely due to a .237 babip when his career is .275 or so. 3 seasons prior to last year he was averaging almost 4 WAR/160 games. 7.5M is the amount a slightly below league average starter gets(~5M/WAR is the going rate) and throughout his career he has been average to above average. It doesn't prevent them from making other longer term commitments as it's only a one year deal. If he plays back to his usual self he is a useful player and if the team isn't looking good they can get a decent piece back for him at the deadline.
He's been a major disappointment the last 2 years and is trending downwards. Sure it leaves room for other commitments but is a penny pinching team really gonna bench a guy making that much? He's being paid to be a below average starter as you said, when the other 2/3 of the OF is Eric Young and possibly Lagares if he sticks around wouldn't you want that 7 million going to someone better?

If I'm wrong and he's the next Byrd for the Mets then great, but it's hard to strike oil twice in the bargain bin on declining players.

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