Post by Tarkus Post by Colin William
I've no idea how Andruw's defense is these days, but I wondered if he
might have been useful for us in CF against lefties.
Not for $2M.
$2m doesn't buy much in the free agent market, especially when you're
looking for a backup CF. Last year it cost us almost that much to sign
Troy Glaus, and Ankiel last year made close to $3m. Again, though, I
don't know how viable AJ's glove is in CF these days. Hell, Francoeur
managed to get $2.5m this year (okay, those last two were both Kansas
City contracts, so they don't really count).
Post by Tarkus
In past 4 seasons, Andruw Jones hit .212 (284-for-1340) w/ 65 HRs, 199
RBI, .312 OBP & .724 OPS. He hit .197 w/ runners on, .217 w/ RISP
Those numbers are somewhat misleading, because they are
disproportionately weighted down by his historically awful 2008. That's
not to say it doesn't count, but that was the only one of those four
years where he actually hit below that .212 aggregate mark.
Yes, his BA in the other seasons does suck, but his peripherals have
kept him useful the last two seasons. Last season AJ had an OBP a few
points above the ATL team average, and an SLG higher than that of any
Brave. AJ's OPS+ the last two seasons were 100 and 119. Last year
Andruw hit 256/373/553 in 102 PA against lefties (our current CF has a
career 677 OPS against lefthanded pitching, with marks of 688 and 378 in
his last two seasons).
Again, I don't know if his glove is still up to even a platoon role in
CF. And, that low BA isn't trivial, and it might suggest a forthcoming
old-player-skills implosion. But, given that our current CF is coming
off a brutally bad year with the bat, is no great shakes in CF, and
can't hit lefties, I figure AJ might have been worth a look as a backup
or platoon option.