Originally Posted by kaldaniels
Balentien career OPS...655.
Gomes: 30 years old, borderline DH. His defense almost completely offset his offense last year.
Balentien: 25 years old, good fielder. Between the M's and Reds, he actually provided slightly greater WAR than Gomes last year.
Yes, Gomes is a better hitter than most of our other options. But in the NL, you can't get a guy's offense without getting his defense too. And given the whole picture, he's not an upgrade over our current set of options.