I recently found out that my league will incorporate OPS as a 6th stat this year. I already have my rankings, but obviously need to make changes now that this is being included. What lesser-known players may move up the charts because of a good OPS, and what well-known players will move down the charts because of a lower OPS?
Jose Reyes is a guy I noticed right away. His .686 OPS isn't very impressive and makes me want to slide him down a bit. Any other examples of this, or of guys who should move up?
Here's a link that someone posted in a thread a while back that I added to my favorites you can choose the scoring categories for pitchers and hitters then it calculates their values accordingly. It only sorts using last year's stats and not projections for this year, but it's still valuable to see how OPS could alter a player's value.
in general, the speedsters' values go down because they don't slug enough to have an OPS .800, while the sluggers' values go up, especially if they are also good at taking walks (sexson vs. tejada). of course, there are exceptions like ichiro whose career OPS is .800+ even though he doesn't slug or walk, simply due to his incredible batting average. and there's sluggers like vlad and mcab who have .900+ OPS even though they avoid walks like the plague, simply because they slug and hit so well. but in general, walks will give you a good idea of who'll have high OPS and who won't.
some players i think no one mentioned yet:
low OPS - crawford (he's improving though, so he could break .800 this year again like he did last year, which is pretty good for a speedster), andruw jones (.800 something OPS for a slugger is pretty mediocre), tejada, figgins/rollins/furcal/blahblah, eric chavez, blalock, garret anderson, soriano, morneau, cantu
good OPS - edmonds, nick johnson, berkman, vlad (exception to the walks rule), abreu
that's all i can think of off the top of my head. good luck.