mhardy_03 wrote:Donaldson and Yelich are my targets. Maybe a pitcher in FA depending on what those guys end up costing. Grichuk, Piscotty, Gyorko out in trades.
What am I missing on Donaldson. He’s going to be 32 years old on opening day. While he hits homers, he strikes out a ton and given his age, it’s safe to assume that we would be trading for the worst years of his career instead of getting peak years.
So why would I want to trade prospects for him when I can get Moustakas for a draft pick, or just keep Gyorko and hope that he can replicate what he’s done the last two seasons?
Christian Yelich is another one. He strikes out a ton, isn’t necessarily a long ball threat, but once again. If we make a substantial improvement at third, we can turn RF over to a Bader or Sierra if we want to add athleticism and speed, or we can turn it over to O’Neill if we want to add some thump.
And while JD Martinez is something like a defensive nightmare in right, he would be the legitimate, middle of the order power threat that we so dearly need. And you don’t have to trade an asset for him.
You can then use some of your outfield depth to add to the rotation and or bolster the bullpen.
All of MLB: 21.6%BB rate:
All of MLB: 8.5%
Neither of them strike out a ton relative to the league. And both walk well over league average. The only time that strikeouts become a real concern is when a guy doesn't have plate discipline. Both of them do.Donaldson vs Moustakas:
They aren't comparable. Moustakas' best full year (this year) was a 116 OPS+. Donaldson's worst full year (2014) was a 127 OPS+. They aren't comparable at the plate and Donaldson is a much better fielder. Donaldson is an absolute stud at the plate. You aren't getting him for some massive long term deal either, so the fact that he is 32 really doesn't matter. And like R27 said, it is a 1 year thing until the huge FA class of next offseason.
I wouldn't be upset with Martinez. But he is going to get a TON of money coming off his career season and it will carry into his decline years.Yelich:
Career per 150 games:
Home: 82 R, 156 H, 30 2B, 5 3B, 8 HR, 54 RBI, .278/.363/.396/.759
Road: 90 R, 180 H, 38 2B, 1 3B, 19 HR, 83 RBI, .301/.374/.465/.839
Last season (age 24):
Home: 35 R, 74 H, 15 2B, 0 3B, 8 HR, 40 RBI, .272/.359/.415/.774 (114 wRC+)
Road: 43 R, 98 H, 23 2B, 3 3B, 13 HR, 58 RBI, .320/.392/.542/.934 (147 wRC+)
This season (age 25):
Home: 44 R, 78 H, 12 2B, 2 3B, 7 HR, 34 RBI, .265/.352/.391/.743 (103 wRC+)
Road: 56 R, 92 H, 24 2B, 0 3B, 11 HR, 47 RBI, .299/.385/.484/.869 (127 wRC+)
Combined last 2 seasons:
Home: 79 R, 152 H, 27 2B, 2 3B, 15 HR, 74 RBI, .269/.355/.403/.758 (108 wRC+)
Road: 99 R, 190 H, 47 2B, 3 3B, 24 HR, 105 RBI, .309/.388/.513/.901 (137 wRC+)
If you look at any of the articles written about him, he hits the ball extremely hard but battles with hitting it on the ground too much at times. And he hits it to all fields. Plus would be left handed to help balance the lineup out and although he is much better against RHP, he isn't completely useless against LHP to the point that he needs to be benched.
His road numbers from this season would make him the 2nd best full time hitter on the team behind Pham. He is 25, showing that he is still on the rise, and is signed to a very team friendly deal for 5 more years through his age 30 season. He would be a huge help to the lineup for the next 5 years. What is not to like?