In response to S5's comment:
In response to Flapjack07's comment:
Fangraphs and Baseball-Reference both have Drew at -0.4 WAR, so the idea that his defense is balancing out his nonexistent offense doesn't seem to be accurate.
It's one thing for a guy to play GG quality defense and only hit .220 (JBJ, for example)...but Drew is hitting close to .120. His OBP is .185 and slugging is .233. It's hard to dismiss that because he's good in the field.
Now, whether his bat will come around is a different story, and I'm of the opinion that it will (I doubt he's "lost his ability to hit" since last year, when he had a .777 OPS)...but regardless, he's not going to help us win this year and won't be here next year, so he should be moved for whatever we can get by the deadline.
Drew was a streak hitter last year and he may be one again this year. He didn't get to .260 by going 3-89 or whatever. He puts together hot streaks and cold streaks.
But again, the point of this thread wasn't to make Drew out to be the next coming of Ozzie Smith any more than it was to bash Derek Jeter. It was to ask why as knowledgeable baseball fans do we insist on putting so much more emphasis on offense than on defense?
Even now in this discussion I keep hearing about Drew's BA, OPS, and slugging percentage. Those are offensive statistics (in more ways than one!) and that's what he keeps getting bashed for. Why is it that nobody wants to focus on the fact that he's the best fielding SS on this team and his defense is keeping the team in games and giving them a chance to win?
Last year Drew was a valuable contributor both during the regular season and during the playoffs. He had the fourth highest OPS among qualifying SS in the league. He fell off in the playoffs but his defense was solid (not stellar). This year his overall performance is not satisfactory as evidenced by his WAR of -.4, which places him at #21 of 21 of all AL SS with at least 80 PAs-worst in the league. That figure takes into account both offense and defense and it should tell you that his defensive abilities do not compensate for his offensive ineptitude. I do not know Stephen Drew, I only know that his performance with this team this year has been substandard.
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