Note: Erboes = Bogalusa Bombers. I finally figured out how to log into this site.

I started thinking about the philosophy of position scarcity while participating in the Shawn Green debate in the other forum and, since I am not one to accept these things blindly, I decided to do some research on the subject. I looked at 2b and catcher, since they are the scarcest. What I did was, tallied the best catcher and 2b's monetary value (as provided by Baseball HQ, a superb -- albeit expensive -- service) with the 36th best OF (the worst starting OF in a 12 team league), and compared the totals to the best OF's and worst starting catcher and 2b totals. I also totaled the 4th best 2b and catchers with the 27th ranked OF's along with the 12th best OF with the 8th best 2b and catcher. I know this is confusing, but bear with me. It becomes clearer when you see the numbers below. I also used monetary values for the '03 season for a 5x5 league instead of pure statistics because it's simpler to compare. Well, this is what I found:

Best 2b (Soriano, $37) + 36th best OF (D. Young, $21) = $58

12th best 2b (Vidro, $18) + best OF (Pujols, $44) = $62

4th best 2b (Giles, $27) + 27th OF (Nixon, $22) = $49

8th best 2b (Castillo $22) + 12th OF (Abreu $30) = $52

Now look at the catchers:

Best catcher (Lopez $31) + 36th OF (Young $21) = $52

12th best catcher (Santiago $9) + Best OF (pujols $44) =$53

4th best catcher (Varitek $17) + 27th OF (Nixon $22) = $39

8th best catcher (Pierzynski $15) + 12th OF (Abreu $30) = $45

I hope everyone has caught on because I ain't doing it again. But there are two truths evident here. Get the great players wherever you can because two good players do not equal one great and one mediocre. Secondly, position scarcity is mostly a bunch of crap, or at least proves it may be a bunch of crap upon further study. Also, keep in mind that if Soriano goes to the OF and unless Piazza and I-Rod find the fountain of youth, there may not be any great players at 2b and catcher anymore, which would make the difference between the best starters at these positions and the worse even more insignificant. If anyone understands this, I would like their thoughts on the subject if they would be so kind.