Originally Posted by KronoRed
Pay whatever they ask as long as it's not Bruce or the two young pitchers, Willits would solve a ton of problems on this team.
Willits would be a useful player and a definite upgrade to what's been patrolling center field so far this year. But he isn't so good as to pay a huge premium. BP pointed out in its winter annual that his walk rate and OBP suffered in the second half last year; the book on him is, he has such an extreme lack of power, pitchers can challenge him without fear. So it was becoming increasingly difficult for him to get to ball four before strike three.
Having said that, "suffered" is relative. His OBP was still .370 after the break and he plays a decent center field. So if we can forgive his total lack of power which dragged down his second-half OPS to a level we usually mock, he'd be a good fit here, if the plan is to play Bruce in right instead of center.