In response to tom-uk's comment:
I agree that Snakeoil calling Reddick very average is a bit of an exaggeration; however, I completely agreee w/ teh supposition of his post.
So let's meet in the middle.
Reddick is an above average player, who is very replacable. Fair?
I think many fans undervalue defense. I was not keen on him after his poor 2010, Soxprospects (Boom) was right, he is one hell of an athlete.
I would say Reddick is very hard to replace.
- He is 25yo and hits FA in 2017.
- Bill James .781 (2013)
- 3rd best defender at any position in MLB ('12)
- wRC+ '10 AAA (102), '11 (107), '12 (108)
- at 25yo his best assets baserunning and defense are not going anywhere.
Some will say WAR is junk, and the defensive portion or WAR is total junk. I'd say (like Reddick) it has its flaws but is the best metric we have.
On a WAR/game basis over 2011 and 2012 look where JR ranks amongst some OF in the press this offseason:
Bourn 10.5 / 313 .034
Melky 8.8 / 268 .033
Victorino 9.2 / 286 .032
C Young 7.4 / 257 .029
JUpton 8.9 /309 .029
Reddick 6.7 / 243 .028
Hunter 7.9 / 296 .027
Swisher 7.7 / 298 .026
BJ Upton 7.5 / 299 .025
You can find a good defensive outfielder, though. Sweeney was one. JD Drew was one. Victorino is one. Bradley Jr will be one. Kalish is okay. Crisp was one. Ellsbury is one. Crawford.
Finding good defensive OF never seems to be a problem. Finding HRs is, and sometimes we need to sacrifice D for HRs.