erga that's tough... vlad is my favorite player, but he's experiencing something that's unusual these days... a normal career stats-arc!! yeah it's liek as he gets older and in his lower to mid 30s all of a sudden he isn't the beast he was at 24 or 26, i mean, usually you cycle in some HGH and something ending in -inol or -enol and you can keep it up and even get better with age, but it's like with vlad he's having a normal arch!!
still tho, if vlad's healthy, and keep in mind this injury is his first major one since 2003 when he missed ~60 games and still managed .325/25/70 in 100 games, he's going to be .300+ 20-25+ HR and over 75+ RBIs, hell i'd still have him penciled in for 100, and shit, when he comes back from this injury i think he'll be good and solid, cuz supposedly this pectoral thing wasn't affecting his swing (he did have 2 HR and 8 RBI in the ~1 week he played) moreover his throwing/fielding so it looked like they did the surgery/rest/whatever to get this out of the way and ensure he can be more than a DH. hopefully this time off will freshen the man up and he can resume hitting .320/25/100ish for the rest of the season, and even tho the #s wont be those at the end, i still hope he can hit .300 with 25 HRs because he's got 11 years of that going, and i think only one other dude in MLB has done that, cuz with a streak like that, shoot, you only get to do it once in a career, you know what i mean?!@
that said, i can see his lack of value in a keeper league, but it isn't as horrible as you'd think. he's a career .320 hitter so a .303 season is an aberration for vlad, beyond that tho, it depends what you think on corey hart... i might be tempted to get joe saunders in a keeper league cuz he's a real deal pitcher and while corey hart is nice, he's the great white hope up there in milwaukee (trust me, i live in chicago) and he had a nice year last year, but it's not like you've got justin upton or something.
i'd be more inclined to do the 2nd trade, but i wouldnt let vlad scare me off of the first one... odds are he's got 3-5 more years of .300+/20-25+/85-100ish maybe-even-+ because it's easy to forget that vlad is one of the best pure hitters in baseball, it's just that with a couple'a years of 27 home runs in a row and last year's .303 and 97 RBIs he looks mortal compared to his older stats, but figure if he can hit .320 again, which is his career average, that RBI total would be like 115-125 or something, especially now that when he comes back he'll have abreu on base adn torii hunter looks like he's off to a career year and etc
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