Originally Posted by NeilHamburger
Actually, Taveras' OBP increased from 05 to 06 to 07, before he had a bad year last year. Dickerson had two good months, has had no history of hitting success in the minors, much less the majors, and Sept. is a deceiving month. Freel has shown no ability to stay healthy, and with his hamstring may not even be able to use speed anymore. Taveras is better then both.
Well, from 05 to 06 his OBP went up from .325 to .333, which is still really bad. His OBP increased in 07 to .367, but that was more due to Taveras's high/lucky BABIP than an actual increase in skill, not to mention he had 150 less PA in 07 than his average season, making the luck have more of an effect on his numbers, in this case a positive effect. Taveras set a career high in LD% in 08 and was actually unlucky this year in regards to BABIP, but even readjusting the numbers, his OBP would still be in the mid .320s, which is god awful.
And I don't understand the comment about hitting success in the minors.
Dickerson has a career minor league line of .260/.363/.415 .778 OPS
Taveras has a career minor league line of .288/.370/.361 .731 OPS
Not to mention that Dickerson also posted an .863 OPS his last season at AAA and taveras has never had stats even close to that.
When Freel is healthy, he is easily capable of matching Taveras's production, but you are right, it seems that he is never healthy. But anyways, I would rather take my chances with Freel and Dickerson because I think they are both better options than Taveras plus the reds do not have to give up anything to get Dickerson or Freel.