Originally Posted by Screwball
While what you say may be true (1 pitch recognition away), I think most people in this thread aren't looking to "give up" on him, but rather cash in while you still can. After a couple years, not only will BP's salary dramatically increase, but let's say he never actually learns to lay off that one pitch (IMO, very likely). Then how do things look compared to what they could be?
That's a fair point he may never and I agree that usually it's more likely a player doesn't. That said 11 million in 2011 for a gold glove 2nd bagger with 20+ HR, 20+ SB's, 20+ DBls and a .270-280 hitter isn't grossly overpaying IMO.
Not to mention that although his OBP% is down this year compared to the previous 2, his BB/PA is up and was on pace to walk well more than ever before which proves he is improving there already. He still has some work to do but as poorly as he hit this season he still improved his approach at the plate that shouldn't be overlooked.
2006 - 1 BB every 16.77 PA
2007 - 1 BB every 21.27 PA
2008 - 1 BB every 15.61 PA