However, are you betting on it?
I am not buying for a second they’ll make a play for Nelson Cruz, but there are others I would have liked to see them get over Young.
McLouth, 32, hit .258 with a .329 on-base percentage – both superior to Young – and drew 53 walks in 593 plate appearances. He also homered 12 times, equal to Young’s production. And, he did it for $2 million. Plus, he stole 30 bases, plays good defense and always hustles.
You can’t convince me for a second Young was a better choice. They got Young, who is two years younger, for $7.25 million. Don’t you think they could have gotten McLouth for two years at $8 million?
There aren’t a lot of great choices out there, but Young was a bad one in that they gave a lot of money for somebody with little production.
Sandy Alderson values on-base percentage, and clearly had a better option in McLouth. Too bad he didn’t make a harder run at him.