Originally Posted by MoneyInTheBank
Rasmus' OPS+ stats (and most of his other stats for that matter) are being carried by his 2010 season. Here are his career OPS+ numbers: 89, 132, 88, 85. That 132 screams outlier to me. For Stubbs: 99, 105, 86, 61. That 61 looks to be an outlier as well. I see it as a lateral move until you consider Rasmus' meddling dad and questionable attitude and work ethic. I agree that talent wise, no question, Rasmus takes it. There is no doubt I want an upgrade over Stubbs but Rasmus is not that guy for me
For me, Escobar is beyond "everyone makes mistakes". He's 30 years old and as of last season he used both a gay slur and a penis joke on his eye black. There has been numerous reports of a terrible attitude and work ethic. That is a pattern of behavior. I'm definitely not opposed to trading Cozart at all, but again, those 2 just do nothing for me.
Rasmus had a .259 BABIP this year and hit 23 HR and drove in 75 and the year before it was .267, we are talking about one of the more unlucky players in MLB. Stubbs in his down years the last 2 has a .290 and .343 BABIP.
Drew is a .241 hitter with a .323 career BABIP to put it into perceptive Pujols has a .309 BABIP as a .325 hitter. We are talking about a player 2 years younger with more upside and still better than Drew with him having poor luck vs Drew having good luck.
Escobar just turned 30 and he made a mistake, people do dumb things all the time but before he played in the difficult AL East he was a stud with high OBP something we need bad. And much like Rasmus he didn't have much luck with a .273 BABIP after posting .290/.369/.413/.782 in 2011 when the balls fell in. Cozart had a BABIP of .282 or 9 points higher and and still ended up hitting 7 points worse.
Both these guys also didn't play in the Al East with 3 of the AL's top 6 ERA in his division rather than just the Cards in top 6 here in at 6th and we only played them 15 times vs 18 games each with the teams in the AL East. Our Division also featured 3 or the 4 worst NL team ERA while the worst AL East pitching staff was just Boston.