Like I said, I hope i'm wrong about Andruw's offense. I'm just trying to provide an alternative view to the signing.
Now if we could only get Kent to retire. Hmmm, I guess i'll have to save that for another thread.
If Jones can rededicate himself to proper conditioning then he can be a great signing. If he doesn't then his baggage may be detrimental to LA. Having the calming Torre in charge will help but that still remains to be seen. I just feel that Hunter is a better fit for the Angels because he is more of a contact hitter which is perfect for Anaheim's style of play. Also, the dude is in tip top shape and has a wonderful personality and can only have a positive impact in the clubhouse.
I'm really, really old school when it comes to baseball thinking. I'm the type of person who would prefer Eckstein at short than Orlando Cabrera. The rotisserie geeks would call me and idiot but in my defense all I would have to do is one thing...
show them this picture. Positive attitudes and positive clubhouse impact is far more important than statistics compiled over a mammoth 162 game campaign. I just think that in this area Hunter outclasses Jones any day of the week.
Also Torii's career .469 SLG%, OPS of .771 and 192 HRs aren't exactly leaps nor bounds better than the younger Jones' .497 SLG%, .893 OPS and 368 HRs.
Last season Hunter was a far better offensive player than Jones but over the past 10 years Jones dominates Hunter offensively. It's not even close.
31 at the beginning of next season. Not saying he's done but he is on the down swing. His hits, HR, SLG% and OPS have gone down each of the last two years. Surely he can rebound and hit 30+ home runs and drive in 100 runs the next two years, it's being the fifth highest paid player that leaves me shaking my head. Even in his best year is he a top 5 player.
He's a lot like Kobe. Coming into the league at a young age means he has a lot more mileage than the average player at the same age.
One of three players in the top 40 under 33 years old .
Great signing. I don't mind the high average salary because the term is so short.
If only we could get rid of Pierre and not Kemp...