I own both Kipnis and Zobrist. Have been trying to decide who to keep. So far, I'm, leaning towards Kipnis, so it interests me that you expect Kipnis to regess. In what way?
His babip was only .291, his batting average and iso in the majors were lower than his numbers in the minors (to me that looks like room for growth), he's got a full year of experience, and the Cleveland lineup has improved through offseason acquisitions (Swisher, Bourn, Choo). Plus, he's younger than Zobrist (zobrilla turns 32 this year...i think) and still trending up on his development.
What did I miss?
For myself, I decided that for long term keepers, kipnis is the better option. Zobrist will always have him beat in obp and position eligibility, but kipnis will continue to produce SBs. Last years stats for both guys were pretty similar, so all things considered, id roll the dice on a younger, still improving, (and in your case, cheaper) talent over zobrists position eligibility.
I like it. Zobrist is a beast and worth the cash. He helps in every category and can play pretty much anywhere. I also think Kipnis regresses somewhat this year. I would do it.
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