Originally Posted by MoneyInTheBank
You are using the BABIP stat incorrectly. It is not a "one size fits all" statistic. I'm not going to go into it here for the sake of staying on topic. If you PM me, I'd be glad to give a full explanation.
These guys were acquired by a team that took Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion from the MLB scrap heap and all of a sudden were 2 of the most fear hitters in the league. Same team, same AL East. Also, Rasmus is a huge downgrade from Stubbs defensively and on the basepaths.
But again, these guys have been headaches everywhere they've been. Escobar did not make one bad decision. He has made a career out of making bad decisions. Right now, this Reds team is about as drama-free as it gets. Why add bad apples to this team? Let's throw all the stats out of the window. These guys are trouble. Always have been. This Reds team has a good thing going from a chemistry standpoint, I don't see messing that up for a couple of malcontents
When you have BABIP that low you are having terrible luck any way you want to look at it. Bautista is a .264 hitter with the Jays he just hits HR after changing his swing and Encarnacion done nothing special there until this one season and they got Rasmus to hit HR as well.
We don't have the money to get drama free talent unless we draft it or the come in at rock bottom like Ludwick. For the Reds to win a WS they need to hit on high talented players who have other issues. That's why we need to strike on players like Melky, Escobar and Rasmus.
We got an amazing year out of out pitching and a massive run from Ludwick even if we bring the same team back we're not likely to get the same results, so if we sit on our hands we will be spending next October watching the Cards try for another run since we are losing some easy wins losing Houston and picking up more games with St Louis.
Winning creates chemistry and kills drama, even if we keep the same team and lose you will hear about all the issues.