This is not an advice question. I own neither player, nor am I looking to acquire either due to their hefty price tags. Just figured it would make for an interesting discussion. Going forward, which of these two very similar player would you prefer to own?
Braun: G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
2012 51 189 34 58 9 2 14 36 22 41 11 3 .307 .390 .598 .988
CarGo: G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
2012 52 210 45 68 13 3 14 45 21 43 8 0 .324 .388 .614 1.002
There numbers are very similar, but the edge thus far has to go to CarGo who has 10 more RBi + Runs, higher AVG, SLG, and OPS. But, like I said, they are very close, and all it will take is one monster week from Braun for the edge to shift to him. Nearly identical K:BB numbers, slight edge for Braun in SB's though CarGo is flawless on the base paths whereas Braun has been caught 3 times. I think it's an incredibly interesting argument, and could go either way, but for my money I think I still have to take Braun, primarily due to CarGo having a more significant injury risk. That said, I do think CarGo, especially playing half his games at Coor's Field, has a higher upside.