Originally Posted by jojo
I'm not a fan of how he mixed BP stats with WAR in his argument (because BP sets replacement level differently than WAR). But I think his conclusion is alright with the caveat that Doug brought up being that its possible Stubbs isn't a league average bat.
I agree with the general premise that if Stubbs can bat like a league average CF (or even slightly below average), he's going to be a very valuable player.
Is he going to be able to do that? I'm a little skeptical, but hopeful. IMO, this is the type of young player you want to take a chance on. His defense is good enough that if he struggles with the bat, he's not going to drag down the entire team. That was one of my huge problems with Larson getting so much playing time. His glove was so horrible that when he failed to hit, he was contributing absolutley nothing. At least Stubs will contribute on defense, even if he struggles adjusting to ML pitching on offense.
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!