Originally Posted by pahster
I'm not arguing that he deserves a multi million dollar contract; I'm arguing that he's not an abysmal player. I've already shown that relative to all hitters he was average-ish in 2006 and 2007. He was pretty bad in 2008, but given how little he played and his injury problems that year, I don't think it's fair to assume that he showed his true skill level that year.
Here's how he compared to his direct peers as a hitter from 2006 through 2008.
MLB average for LF
MLB average for DH
He doesn't come out looking as good here, but that's to be expected since the best hitters tend to play LF and DH. That said, other than when he was hurt, he still appears to be a respectable hitter. Is he an All Star caliber player? No, but he's also not abysmal. I'm not a big fan of his OBP either, but it's acceptable given the power he provides.
You can put the 2006-2008 stats up on the board...but if you do so, I'd say its only fair to put his 2009 line up as well. 2009 is exponentially more important to the 2010 Gomes line than is his 2006 line.