teddy ballgame wrote: homers wrote:
I agree. There's no way the Rockies would do this unless young talent is included, and given the sox recent track record (Anibal Sanchez, Hanley Ramirez), I'd just asume keep Youkilis at 1B and Lowell at 3B. Lowell and Youk are good defensively, and offensively they'll produce about the same as Helton anyway:
Helton .302-15-81 in 649 ab - .266 on the road
Youkilis .279-13-72 in 569 ab
Lowell .284-20-80 in 573 ab
Helton's power is going in the same direction as Don Mattingly's after his back issues. A nice player, but not even an average 1B offensively at this stage of his career. And remember, this is what Helton produced in COLORADO...stick a fork in him...
What exactly does Boston gain? They get to rid themselves of the burden of developing young talent
First of all Helton had 546 AB last year, not 649. You also didn't include OBP which is much more relevant to why the Sox want him than HR and RBI.
I posted this in the Player Updates forum:
teddy ballgame wrote:Youk's AVG and OBP were both 23 points lower than Helton's. Youk had twice as many K's as well which shouldn't be overlooked.
As for Lowell, even if he "came back with pop" he was still 20 points lower in AVG and 65 lower in OBP. Defense? Helton has won 3 gold gloves.
Keep in mind Helton was hospitalized with a stomach thing midway through the year and didn't really fully recover until this offseason. He has regained the weight he lost.
Ok - I'll give you the AB typo.
regardless of Youk's lower OBP, consider:
Youkilis .279-13-72-100 runs .381 OBP - salary $354,000 - 27 years old - breakout coming
Helton .302 (.266 on the road)15-81-94 .404 OBP - $16,600,000 - 33 years old bad back, prime years are in the rear view mirror.
Is a .381 OBP that much worse than .404, especially considering salaries and age? Youkilis would have had to reached base 13 more times to raise his OBP that .023 extra - I think that is attainable for a guy who is known to be an on base machine.
Even with Colorado eating a significant portion, he'll still be a lot more expensive and comparitivly less productive than Youkilis in the next 3-4 years.