slomo007 wrote:Secret Avatar wrote:"I'd take Utley because he has more upside IMO (possibility for 25 homers if he plays consistently)."
I don't understand this logic. Uribe hit 23 HR last year in only 500 at-bats and with a 282 BA. Why would you want the "possibility" when you can have a guy who has already done it and has a good chance to do even better with more at-bats?
A big upside for Uribe may be the potential to bat 2nd. Right now, Iguchi has that slot, but there's a real possibility that he loses it and Uribe slides in. Uribe has got some speed and would do well in the 2-hole. In the 2-hole, a line for Uribe like 290-30-100-100-15 is a real possibility. That's light-years beyond what Utley can put up, IMO.
I don't know about the 100 RBIs, but .290, 100 runs, 30, 15 SBs is not that much of a stretch if he hit 2nd all year long. However, I am definitely not expecting that at all. I'd settle for .280, 20, 10 to be honest.
Why isn't it being said that Uribe did this with Colorado? How many times have we seen players coming off great years in colorado sign a contract and stink it up with their new team? Uribe wont hit 30 homers and will be lucky to hit 20 this year. Nowhere close to 100 RBIs, and an aberage of .280. IF he hits second he could score 100 runs. But right now thats not going to happen.
Utley, wont be spectacular either. But her has a much better chance at 30 dingers. Wont score many runs if he's hitting 8th however. but should hit for a decent average of .280.
All in all, very close players. Uribe has all the position eligibility which is a bonus. But I'd take Utley cause I don't trust Uribe's numbers from last season at all.