Re: Dexter Fowler
His career road obp is 331, a full 64 points higher than the guy he'd replace. Even if that's all he'll do, that's significant.
Add to that his age, ceiling, smaller ballparks to play the majority of his games in, and the lineup he's in, and the downside is negligible.
IMO, Fowler would OPS around 825 as Red with around 20 homers (he had 13 last season in Colorado) and about the same number of stolen bases. His approach at the plate-- a willingness to work the count-- would be welcome too. Though he does K a fair amount of the time, he'd still K around 100 times less than Stubbs. That'd put him at the third best Red hitter behind Bruce and Votto. Not only that, his ability to switch hit balances the lineup nicely and is a weapon against RH. Which the Reds could really use.
Add Fowler and Jason Bay or Ryan Sweeney, and the Red offense, with health, could be among the best in the league, IMO.
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Last edited by Scrap Irony; 12-01-2012 at 12:32 AM.