I don't have a ton of time so I'm not gonna give any real analysis, just a few thoughts. Besides, that's better left to Cyclone, Steel, and Co. However, I thought I found this quite telling...
Definition of VORP: Value Over Replacement Player. The number of runs contributed beyond what a replacement-level player at the same position would contribute if given the same percentage of team plate appearances. VORP scores do not consider the quality of a player's defense.
1.) Rich Aurilia, 28.2
2.) Adam Dunn, 27.7
3.) Brandon Phillips, 25.9
4.) David Ross, 23.2
5.) Edwin Encarnacion, 20.3
6.) Scott Hatteberg, 19.8
7.) Ryan Freel, 17.9
8.) Austin Kearns, 16.6
9.) Ken Griffey Jr, 16.3
10.) Felipe Lopez, 16.2
- VORP excludes defense, which would drop Dunn and Junior down the list.
- For context, Rich Aurilia is 39th in the NL, Dunn is 40th. Ahead of them include such players as Adrian Gonzalez, Omar Vizquel, and Orlando Hudson. Remember, this is offense only, but is positional.
- Adam Dunn, great as his career has been to date, simply isn't all that great this year. Valuable, yes. Star, no.
- Austin Kearns was finally coming in to his own offensively such that 368 PA of Kearns was worth more than 470 PA of KGJ. We waited for his value to return, then traded him based on his tanked value.
- Dave Ross was one of the productive players per PA in baseball compared to his positional peers.
Feel free to comment (mostly about Dunn and Junior I presume...)