I don't mind keeping JPA, he seems to be a good guy in the club house and having a power bat at the end of the line up is a good thing to have. You can't be too greedy with an 8th hitter in the lineup who will put up 20+ HR each year most likely.
Also, Im very pleased with this dickey trade.
Morrow and johnson have had injury problems in the past, this gives up a lot of top pitching depth in case some injuries come back which killed this team last year.
I get that, but at least it would make him less of a black hole in the lineup like his end of the year stats suggest.
Oh, no doubt. I certainly understand what you're saying and I would obviously rather have him hit slightly below-average, than well below-average. I'm just saying that, even at his best, J.P. was still a below-average hitter.
Alright, I don't think anyone needs to be reminded that J.P. is below-average defensively (-12.1 catcher defense rating over 2-and-a-bit seasons), so I'll just focus on the offensive (or overall in the case of WAR) side of the game.
Of the 25 catchers last season with at least 350 plate appearances, here is how J.P. ranks:
19th in WAR (18th in WAR per plate appearances).
18th in wRC+ (this is the best hitting stat out there, and J.P. had an 89 wRC+ with the average hitter pre-determined at 100).
18th in wOBA
24th in BB%
3rd in K% (this isn't a good thing).
10th in BsR (fangraphs base-running stat, which would be good if J.P. weren't still a negative contributer in this category).
7th in ISO.
He's above-average in one offensive ability; power. That's it. Overall, he is below-average both at the plate, and behind it.
For all of the advance metric guys. How would Pat Borders rank? I'm getting the feeling that you guys want all-star at every position. Not going to happen.
Take solice in the fact that JPA is a good club house personality. I'll take him as my 8th or 9th hitter, with his OK defence.
I think people really need to get over the whole JP sucks thing.. yeah he is pretty bad on both sides of the ball but you really cant expect to have an above average player at every rotation spot or position
We had the 2nd best 1B in the game last year in Encarnacion
We have a top 5 SS in Jose Reyes
It is safe to assume that Lawrie should at least be a top 10 3B this year if not better
We have a top 3 RF in Jose (with Stanton and Heyward)
We have a LF who finished 6th in WAR despite missing 50 games
That is a top player at 5 of the 9 positions
This leaves DH, CF, 2B and C
I still believe Rasmus has something in him and could rebound
Lind sucks but the offseason is still young
I believe Izturis and Bonafacio will do a fine job playing 2B
This leave JPA.. I think we can totally afford to carry him with the lineup and rotation we have. It really isn't as big of an issue as people make it out to be
Anything you get him is bonus.. and that means the usual 20+ HRs
Last edited by bomber0104; 12-17-2012 at 03:47 PM.