Small sample size (19 games), but Youk's OPS as a 1B this year was .984
On his career his OPS is .050 higher as a 1B than as a 3B.
3B is a grinding position. A lot of 3B are big guys - 6' 2" 225lbs. Diving around kills you. If you take C and 3B out of the mix most long career positional players peak at 26-30, and start declining at 34. 3B start declining at 30, and by 32 are more "declined" than other positions at 34 (including way more position changes and retirements too).
That's what makes Beltre such an exceptional/rare player. He's never hurt
6/27/09: “We expect [Rondo] to play by the rules and be a leader as a point guard. We need him to be more of a leader,” Ainge said. “There were just a couple situations where he was late this year, I don’t know if he was sitting in his car, but showed up late and the rest of the team was there. We have team rules and you have to be on time. He was fined for being late, he said he was stuck in traffic, and it’s just unacceptable.”
Some jerks never learn.....
I'm not sure we want a Salty version playing over 1B in Davis.
Who is the prospects that played 1B back from the Gonzalez trade?
Jon Heyman says that the Red Sox are looking to get Ike Davis.
TRANSLATION: The Red Sox aren't interested in Ike Davis.
Mets want "boat load".
Sox in rebuilding.
By Ben Nicholson-Smith [October 3 at 10:00am CST]
The Mets plan to pursue veteran relievers via trades and free agency this offseason, Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reports. Though Mets executives are pleased that several young relievers have developed, they hope to supplement their young arms with more established pitchers.
“The young guys give us some depth, but we will still need to add,” one person told Martino.
GM Sandy Alderson spent a significant portion of last offseason’s budget on relievers Frank Francisco and Jon Rauch. The strategy will be different this year, with Francisco, Jeurys Familia, Josh Edgin, Robert Carson and Bobby Parnell already in place. Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com reported yesterday that the Mets aren’t expected to re-sign Rauch or Ramon Ramirez when they hit free agency after the season.
Put a package to include Aceves for Ike Davis.
Salty + Kalish for Davis still sounds good to me. They can take Aceves too **** that clown