I for one am glad to see Jeter ranked above Tejada. And in my opinion, he's probably worth more than Garciaparra as well. Saying that Jeter above Tejada is a "disgrace" is a little melodramatic, and also doesn't really take into account Jeter's true roto value.
Based on three year averages (actually, only a 2 year average of 2001/2002 for Garciaparra):
Jeter - .315 / 18 HR / 74 RBI / 27 SB / 117 R
Garciaparra - .338 / 22 HR / 108 RBI / 5 SB / 102 R
Tejada - .284 / 31 HR / 119 RBI / 8 SB / 106 R
Now, the comparison between Jeter and Garciaparra is close, because it's basically a trade-off between SB's or RBI's. Personally, I like Jeter more because of his impeccable consistency and because it's tough to get a lot of stolen bases and still have decent production in all the other categories. 18 HR's isn't a ton, but it's enough to make Jeter a solid 5-category player, even if he's only a 3 category stud (AVG, SB, R). On the other hand, Garciaparra's numbers are slightly higher in general (and his average is through the roof), so I can see why TSN would rate him higher.
Tejada, on the other hand, has never hit for average until last year, making him a stud in only 3 categories, a potential liability in AVG (his 3-year average is skewed by his .310 performance last year), and nothing much in terms of SB. (Actually, it's the fact that Tejada and Garciaparra don't steal bases that puts both of them lower than Jeter on my personal draft list.) Granted, Tejada contributes more in the power categories than any shortstop not named Rodriguez, and so is a great addition to any team, but will he hit .300 again? Who knows. If he does hit .300, then you're probably right that he's worth the second SS pick, but if he regresses to ealier years and hits .250, then I don't think he is.
All 3 are very close in terms of value, which is why they are all 2nd tier shortstops. Which one you prefer is really just a matter of taste.
Last edited by EugeneStyles on Fri Jan 17, 2003 4:22 pm, edited 1 time in total.