Cornbread Maxwell wrote:I also want to mention that he has been discussed quite a lot here, and a search for his name should bring up multiple threads.
The most common mistake I see regarding Beltre is people taking his past stats into consideration without the proper context. Beltre was fighting life threatening illneses over the last few years - that had a much much larger impact than the "contract yr theory"
Seriously though - look at this article written by a reputable fantasy source. Its an article trying to argue both for and against Beltre repeating - but clearly the author is clueless about Beltre's past injury history - he doesnt mention it even once - doesnt even allude to it. The guy lost someothing like 30 pounds as a 23yo because of a botched stomach surgery and the author doesnt even mention it.
Hopefully the link works, but again, its only to show the fact that most people - even so called "experts" dont understand why Beltre "broke out" and still repeat the contract yr theory which may have contributed for a part of it, but not nearly as much as being relatively healthy for the first time in 2 years.
injury aside, how many years has he been in the league? are you saying that this injury has affected him all these years? it just doesn't seem to me that he tries very hard, but that could be just me i think last year was "show me the money" and this year he will once again have lower numbers than the top 3bs.