BronXBombers51 wrote:Why do the Yankees need him as a leadoff hitter? Why do they need him at all? He's not a good fielder. He has no arm. He doesn't walk. His SB% is not very impressive.
Jeter is a better leadoff hitter than Pierre. The Yankees are better served getting a rookie who plays solid defense rather than pay out the a** to get Pierre.
I agree that Jeter is a better
leadoff hitter than Pierre, but having Pierre leadoff with Jeter 2nd would be a fantastic 1/2.
I notice you point out his negatives without mentioning the positives....Ks about 40-50 times per 650-700 ABs. That's big, especially in the AL when there might actually be runners on base when he gets to bat as opposed to trailing the pitcher. Also, I notice you didn't mention that he scores 100 runs a year in the NL and on a team with not nearly as good of an offense as NY. On NY, I would expect 120 runs/year.
Plus, I notice you didn't mention that he's a relatively healthy player who rarely misses a game. He would be a reliable presence to anchor CF, which is something NY hasn't had since Bernie in his prime.
I don't know why I'm arguing this, I hope Yankees fans don't want him so that he doesn't go there somehow.