Re: Reds to sign Cuban OF Felix Perez
Originally Posted by reds44
Using that in this situation isn't very smart, IMO. If he had spent 4 years at a college, and then 4 years in the minors, sure. However using that rule of thumb here doens't really work.
It's not that he will have proven that he just isn't good enough. It's that the physical abilities which allow people to be good ballplayers start to decline earlier than many people think. The late 20's is the nexus of physical ability and skill/approach development. That's no different for a guy who's been playing elsewhere.
If he can't get his skills to MLB caliber soon, his physical decline beginning in his late 20's will begin to offset any further gains he makes. I'm not saying he needs to reach his potential by 26 or 27. But he needs to be at a level where he can compete. If not, there will just be too much more ground to make up and not enough time to do it before he starts losing the athleticism.
Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.