I didn't count this year's, at least I don't think I did
Either way, neither of them is close to Votto, and are extremely overrated.
Bautista is better than Kemp, but he's not all that analysts claim he is. He's also on the downside of his career. He's above average, and maybe All-Star level if you actually believe being an All-Star amounts of anything more than a popularity contest these days. The real Bautista is 2012 Ludwick + .5 wins. Good but not great.
Bautista wouldn't even be an upgrade over the 2012 Ludwick. He's suffered wrist injuries, he's getting older, and I'm guessing he's off his steroid-cycle with the new contract in hand. I understand that statement is incredibly harsh and quite a leap to make, but hey, I'm taking it. One minute the guy can't stick with the Pirates, the next he's swatting 50+ bombs. That's not real life. Pass every day of the week on that guy.
From Dave Cameron's chat today...
I ask again, to anyone who says the Jays have a chance, what are their odds of making the playoffs. I'd say 5-10 percent. Not saying you give up. But you need to consider that when making any transactions.Comment From Scott
What’s next for the Blue Jays?
Dave Cameron: A couple more months of better play that isn’t good enough, then a mid-season sell-off of Josh Johnson
To get to 88 wins (I chose that arbitrarily) they need to go 75-53 from here on out.
Bautista on a bit of a tear in his last 10 games.
13 hits in 34 at-bats. Raised his low batting average to .256 with 9 HR's, 20 rbi.
Meanwhile, Toronto battling the LAA for 2nd worst record in the AL behind Houston (obviously). Toronto's pitching is just bad.
$14M per season.
Just an update.
"I can't take this homerism anymore." - 10xWSChamps, August 11, 2010. A Cardinals fan having a problem with all the homerism on Redszone. Classic.
"Man do I miss the days where were didn't need a calculator and an encyclopedia of baseball metrics to enjoy a baseball game ... - MikeS21" - 8/2/12 game thread
I don't know if this has been proposed in here, but if the Reds could get Blue Jays to do a straight up Cueto for Bautista, would you do it? I'd snap that up in a heart beat. I'd try my best to get the Blue Jays to foot the additional 8 million in salary the Reds would have to take on for Bautista the next 2 seasons. Due to the age discrepancy of Cueto and Bautista I think you could probably do it.
"Since I've been with the Reds in 1989, we've never had a farm system this loaded," Bowden said. "If we were the New York Yankees and had unlimited dollars, we could have traded for Colon, (Jeff) Weaver, Rolen, (Cliff) Floyd, (Kenny) Rogers and Finley and gotten them all -- and still held onto our top five prospects. That's an amazing statement."
Would rather have Stanton.
So a guy like me, I'd pick up the phone and at least listen to what is being offered for Johnny.
I'm very content with the team now, so I'm of a mindset the offering team has to wow me.
Tom Servo (05-16-2013)
While I agree that Cueto/Latos are 1 and 1A (not sure which is which, either), I still wouldn't consider trading Cueto right now.