This guy just kills me with the things he says. From McCoy:
How’s he going to handle the second base logjam?
“First of all, I don’t like to see jobs handed to kids, they have to earn them,” Narron said.
“It will be awesome to see Encarnacion come back, but it’s also awesome to see Richie (Aurilia) come back because he can play third, short and second,” Narron said.
– So he doesn’t like handing jobs to kids (who played pretty well at the major league level at age 22), but he’s fine with handing jobs to no-power guys with a .316 OBP (Womack).
Of Freel, Narron said, “He is a special guy who is comfortable playing anywhere. We need to manufacture runs, so having him in the lineup somewhere is important to us, and I’d like to have him in the lineup at all times.”
They need to manufacture runs!?! This team scored the most runs in the league last year. THE MOST!! I don’t dispute that Freel is a nice weapon, particularly since he has a .374 OBP over the last two years. They don’t have any “need” to fart around with bunts and the like.
“I’ll try my best to get ’em all (Freel, Aurilia, Womack) on the field whenever I can,” Narron said. “It is outstanding to have three guys of that caliber. I know that if they all stay healthy, it is going to be tough and somebody is going to be mad. And that’s fine with me, I can take it. You want guys who want to be on the field every inning.”
Those three guys are not of the same caliber. They’re just not, and it’s insulting for him to pretend they are. In the last two years, Freel’s OBP is above .370, his SLG is about .369, and he’s stolen 73 bases, while being caught only 20 times (a very good, worthwhile percentage). In the same time, Aurilia has about a .324 OBP, and a SLG just below .400. He has no speed. Womack, for his entire career (thus counting his peak, and presumably giving him an advantage), is at .319 OBP and .356 SLG. His speed is still pretty good (53 of 63 over the past two years).
Freel is the same player as Womack, plus 120 points of OPS — the difference between Andruw Jones and Bill Hall. Freel’s got 80 points of OPS on Aurilia, plus all the speed. Aurilia holds the slight edge in power.