Originally Posted by UC_Ken
Actually as a Red he's had 4 seasons with his OPS+ below 100 and 4 above it. Obviously doesn't take defense into account but at least offensively he's been below average as often as he's been above average. Overall that adds up to average with a downward trend the last two years. This has nothing to do with his recent altercation, if someone would take his full contract off his hands I don't want him here when he's OPSing .650 as a 35-36 year old.
Not sure composite stats tell the whole story. For example, OPS+ is not limited to second basemen. If you look at BP's lifetime record as a Red, I would speculate that he has been a much better offensive player than the average second baseman. Include only those with plus gloves like Brandon, I'd guess he's pretty high up offensively.
And last year, for example, BP was just under 100 OPS+. But he hit .281 with a .750 OPS and was 13th in the MVP voting. This year, his OBI% (knocking in baserunners as a percentage) is among the best in Major League Baseball.
In BP's case, my big gripe is that he doesn't walk much and he has lost speed. But I think he adds a lot to a ballclub even if his OPS or OPS+ is down from time to time.