LBJackal wrote:He's OK defensively, but not that good (13th of 22 in ZR... not as good as a lot of people think). He's not good enough for $12M when he's gonna be 40 in a couple years He's only gonna get worse with the glove, and probably finish out his contract as one of the worst defensive SS's in MLB. So I wouldn't call this much of a defensive upgrade. And saying nobody can protect Bonds is silly. There are lots of FA's out there who are capable of protecting Bonds better than he was last year. And maybe Benitez is a headcase... but he's an awesome closer, while Hermanson is unproven and SF fans should know very well what it's like to go a season without a real closer. There are many better ways to spend $12.5M.
agree completely. i believe a lot of people are remembering the vizquel of old. he's not the same defensively as he once was. maybe an upgrade, admittedly haven't seen cruz too much, but not worth the size or length of the contract, especially if it mean s not signing bullpen help.