mkultra wrote:I don't think it's such a crazy comparison. What does everyone expect Crawford to "bounce back" to next season? 50 steals? I've got news for you- he's now in his 30's and speed is the first thing to decline. You hope his average goes back up to the .300 range, but that's only about 20 points over Victorino. Aside from that, the two profile remarkably similarly.
That said, I think you're more likely to be able to redraft Victorino than Crawford based on name value alone, which means Crawford is probably your guy.
I agree with this thought process. I'm a sox homer and hoping for a nice rebound next year. Everything coming out of Crawford the past few weeks though sounds like he is just a defeated man. He doesn't have any pep. The other somewhat alarming thought is the decline in his SB attempts over the past three years. He's not getting on base this year, so that has to explain part of the decline, but regardless it has been a pretty drastic decline.
All that said, I'm keeping Crawford over Victorino.
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