LCBOY wrote:I guess the question is does Beltran's edge in speed and defense close the gap between their offense?
That's what gets it for me, but then again I'm more of a small ball, stolen bases kind of fan and you have to be able to play defense at a very high level IMO to be considered one of the great players. I'm probably just being wowed by his performance in the playoffs, but I still think it's a lot closer than most people let on. The age difference really isn't that big a deal IMO, what three years? And that's if Pujols really is just 24 (but I guess have no facts to actually make me question that or want to as a Cards fan
). For me it's really a toss up for who I would take, but I guess that still puts me in the minority.
Don't get me wrong, I still think Pujols is the greatest hitter
outside Barry Bonds, I would just want a more rounded player (steals, good fielder, good hitter). The only reason I wouldn't take Beltran is that one of his greatest attributes IMO -- speed -- declines with age, but then again his power will probably increase some to make up for it. I guess I'm just arguing with myself here more than anything and need to reprioritize what makes a player great in this era of offense, offense, offense.