Ender wrote:His power has slipped, it isn't a good lineup, he kills you in HR and RBI and doesn't dominate Rs for a 2nd round pick. He is only a 30-35 SB guy most likely. He rarely BBs so if his AVG dips basically everything goes.
What all that means is he is a BABIP dip away from being a bust every year. I won't say to stay away from him but having him always scares me. He always goes through at least one slump a year where he is basically worthless and one streak where he seems to get a hit every bat, if that slump is longer than the hot streak you get the .303 AVG from 2005 and with the rest slipping that will destroy his value.
He is so consistent tho and that is what drives up his price. I've never had Ichiro as I never had Crawford because I don't like to pay top dollar for 15 HRs. Other people are willing to pay and that is just fine with me. However, unless he gets hurt, I don't think he will be a complete bust.