They either revolve around impressions without appropriate empirical support, statistical comparisons based on too small sample sizes, excessive statistical parsing or simply dislike of certain players. Let's take an example. We all would probably say that Walker is a better hitter than Jones. And yet in significantly fewer at bats, Jones has two fewer doubles, one fewer triples, the same number of homers and two fewer walks. No one is clamoring for a trade of Walker, and yet most of the board is ready to give away a guy hitting league minim, whose OPS plus just out of a lengthy slump is 109 (Walker's is 120). None of our hitters, except McCutchen, is much better than league average. If you want to pick on Jones, you'd beat be prepared to upgrade the entire lot, folks, because he is almost as productive as a platoon player as most of his compatriots. One more point: watching this game Saturday as I write this demonstrates that none of these quick fixes are useful. We aren't ready to win a playoff spot, and the far gutsier move would be to move Correia and Maholm for some more offense and maybe even pitching. But debates about Jobes, Overbay, a new right fielder, adding Beltran are the sort of misguided quick fix discussions that landed us where we are. We don't have anything resembling Pujols, Holliday, Berkman and Molina.
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