Originally Posted by TheNext44
Faster, and works the count better too.
Still not a huge upgrade over Hopper overall.
M2 put it best when he said that players like Taveras are very common and easy to acquire.
Except they aren't very common and easy to acquire.
Hopper and Dickerson are clearly a few steps below Taveres.
There's a reason why guys like Gary Matthews, Andrew Jones, and Goodwin got huge contracts. Decent CF are a rare commodity. Yes, it was poor judgement to hand out those contracts, but it shows the supply/demand curve.
If guys like this are so easy to acquire, who was available on the FA list last winter? Who was on the trading block? Why was Milwaukee so willing to pay a premium for Cameron? Why are young good CF almost never traded, and when they are, they fetch a premium.. Look at the Cameron/Konerko deal.. if Cameron hadn't had an off year, he wouldn't have been available. Look at the Hamilton/Volquez deal.
Good (or even) average SS and CF are difficult to find.
Thank you Walt and Bob for going for it in 2012 AND 2013!
Nov. 13, 2007: One of the greatest days in Reds history: John Allen gets the boot!