The secret on zobrist has been out for a while lol,
I don't believe in absolutes like always and never, they will eventually not have random guys having career years, for the sake i hope they have a really good team to make up for it.
I don't think Either gets 6 years guaranteed at 17 per (he got more than I thought he did). He is older than BJ Upton and plays worse defense/less valuable defensive position. He has also been a worse player the last few years than BJ Upton. In addition, with upton I think some of that price is still going to the hope that he continues to Develop to that potential he was once thought to have.
How does losing Longoria change the impact of Zobrist? What do you mean by mitigated
That's really debatable, ethier was hurt for a decent part of 2011, and upton has had trouble maintain a half way decent OPB the last several years, in fact the .331 he had in 2011 is his highest mark he has had over the last 4 years.
I think the braves are paying more for what he could potentially be than what he has done so far.
I would throw a chair Beane style if the Cardinals landed Price, which they totally have the pieces to do.
Seriously, that chair wouldn't know what hit it.
You are also specifically hand picking stats and time frames that benefit your argument and don't take into account the entire picture. You also just base your argument on "well I think so because this free agent class is bad". Upton is better or = player who is younger, and got less money/yr and less years.
It's fine to work with Upton being better since he is.
OBP is important, the better you are at getting on base consistently the more runs your team is likely to score, i don't think it's all that selective, how about a saber stat for you
his wOBA the last 4 years
compared to andre ethier
i don't think it's unfair to say that over the last 4 years andre ethier has been the more productive hitter. Andre has ranged from above average to great, while Upton has ranged from piss poor to average over the last 4 years.
btw since i keep picking stats that make my argument better for Andre over BJ is there any that you want to use?