Re: Phil Sign Delmon Young for $750K. Better The Gomes!
posted at 1/22/2013 7:28 PM EST
In response to Leftymcrighty's comment:
Please. Spare me the sabercraptics. Gomes WAT is 2.3, not 6.2!
Look at the record. Young also plays the field, and has a great arm.
His lifetime BA is FORTY POINTS HIGHER. He has 71 more career RBI.
I know, RBI doesn't count with stat geeks.
To say nothing about being FIVE years younger.
Gomes has never had a hit in post season! Young is .264 with 8 HR and 15 RBI. .. Gomes? GOOSEEGGS!
Take your WAR and shove it.
Gomes career WAR is 6.2. He was valued at 2.1WAR last year alone.
Young certainly has an elite throwing arm, but is a horrific defensive outfielder otherwise. There was a reason Detroit limited him to DH duties last year, and it was not because of the fielding prowess of Andy Dirks.
I would look beyond the bat-throwing incident with Young. That was several years ago, and presumably he has grown up somewhat since. But then last year, he had other problems. bump in the road? Maybe not, but if the Sox want a better "image," Delmon young is certainly not the easiest guy to root for.
His image does not even bother me all that much. I have no intentions of hanging out with him. But the real problem with Delmon young is that he has never even come close to reaching the potential that made him the #1 consensus prospect. Could he still reach it? Maybe, but if a 27yo outfielder with 6 eyars of MLB experience is settling for league minimum offers in mid-January, it is a STRONG indication of exactly how far his stock has dropped since every baseball publications ranked him as the top prospect.
However, if you like big names and untapped potential, Brandon Wood is still available...