Originally Posted by BLEEDS
I read that over there.
Still, I'd rather take a chance that a guys DOESN'T throw chairs at announcers, and doesn't go on the DL 8 times, with the knowledge that when he IS healthy - even if it's 125 games, he'd OPS .900+
Hoping a guy who's NEVER proven anything in baseball, but is a heck of a nice guy, is handed our starting LF job, and is going to put it all together, despite any evidence to the contrary.
Josh Hamilton turned out okay. This is sort of in that same arena.
He's 30 now, which is an age when folks seemingly start to beat their demons, and GROW UP. I'd rather risk that, and take the PROVEN OFFENSIVE COMMODITY, given all other things.
If he didn't have that risk, we wouldn't be able to even consider bringing him in here, he'd be priced out of our market and picking offers between NY/NY/Chicago and LA. Oh wait, Chicago is already considering him, hmmm.... I guess we're just smarter than Chicago.
Who is this guy? I am not sure who that describes who the Reds are looking at.
Burrell, has almost identical stats as Bradley, and wouldn't cost that much more ($2M a year more). Rivera has proven that when he does get a chance to start he can put up good numbers and will be cheaper than Bradley. Dye has just as good of numbers and would cost the same in $$$, but more in players.
Yes, if the option is between Bradley and Hopper or Taveras or Patterson, then the answer is clear, but there are just as good of options out there that don't have the extreme baggage that Bradley has.