Originally Posted by kpresidente
The Cubs played Ryan Theroit as SS, who's worse than Keppinger. They won the division. He had a .387 OBP.
The Reds had a winning record with Hairston in the line-up...playing SS. He had a .384 OBP.
So, yes, a .380-.400 OBP is what we need. What we don't need is Corey Patterson part II.
We have a defensive SS. If offense doesn't matter, just play Janish. He might be able to manage a .300 OBP. I'm not sure Greene could.
We had a terrible defense last year, but will upgrade the OF at least, by default, so things will already be better.
We had a terrible team OBP last year, but lost our best hitter and have yet to replace him, so things will be worse.
It's a matter of outs. How many does the player get you vs. how many does he cost you. What you need to win in baseball is good starting pitching, OBP, and small contracts. I care about defense after those are established. I'd love to have Jimmy Rollins as much as the next guy, but he's not available.
Theriot is actually a lot better at shortstop than Keppinger. Theriot had an RZR 26 points higher than keppinger and according to BP, Theriot was 5 runs above average and keppinger was 10 runs below, and that was in limited action. Also, the Cubs had one of the best lineups in the National League, and once they traded for harden, one of the best rotations. Theriot was part of their success as a team, but even if they had Orlando Cabrera at SS, who had a .343 OBP, I still expect they would have won the NL central