Originally Posted by OUReds
As Emin pointed out, Taveraz's 2007 OBP was based on a BABIP of over .370, not something that is likely to ever happen again. Heck, even his 2006 and 2005 were BABIP-lucky. (source
Based on that, Hopper is a perfect comparison to Tavares. Hopper had the same deal in 2007, with a .367 BABiP and a .371 OBP. Even then, Hopper's a better fit for us in a platoon because he had a .406 OBP against LH, whereas Taveras has virtually no split. That's not an endorsement of Hopper, it's a knock on Taveras. Freel is better than both with a career .354 OBP and a normal BABiP, although he's probably somewhat of a defensive liability in CF.
With Hairston not looking like he's coming back, Walt is right to be on the lookout for a RH CF, but why get one who's no better than what you have?