But I suppose you'll argue that his limited number of at bats was the issue.
Only problem is he had six more ABs than Conine who actually OPSed at .717.
Here is the funny thing with this argument, Conine and Denorfia were essentially the same player last year with roughly the same number of ABs, though Conine was the much better run producer. The obvious question becomes, how can Deno be so adored while it is a joke to sign Conine?
I could see the anti-Conine sentiment if there was also sentiment that Deno belongs back in AAA if the 2006 Major League numbers are the factor. You can't say Conine bombed last year and then not say the same exact thing about Deno. You just can't.
If you want to bring defense and the CF spot into the discussion that is another thing but I think Conine was signed to pinch hit as much as anything and I don't think Conine will be any factor in whether Deno is our starting CF.
And if he isn't the starting CF or starting somwhere do we want him sitting on the bench? Maybe he has proved all he can at AAA but what does he gain from being the fourth or fifth OF? That is a role for a guy like, oh, I don't know, Jeff Conine. If someone gets hurt, Deno is only a car ride away.