Posted by : Adrian Garcia Saturday, November 30, 2013
For Some Reason, Drew Could Be A Dodger, I Hope Not
In a word, just one word, NO.
Not to take away from him, but Stephen Drew is a pretty solid player major league player. He gives you major league average defense and some very large fluctuations in offensive production. He's accumulated 13.4 fWAR over the span of his career which is a perfectly acceptable player, he scores a decent amount of runs, hits about 10 home runs a year. All which is valuable from a premium position. However the negatives FAR outweigh the positives.
Like I've said, he's a decent enough player, but in this situation there are many negatives. To start off, if Drew signs, there will be gnashing of teeth in the LA area. The first thing that will come to Dodger fans minds is "OH NO ANOTHER DREW STEALING THE DODGERS MONEY AND COSTING THEM A DRAFT PICK?!". Some which is justified, I just know this: a signing probably wouldn't be well received by Dodger fans. It would cause some ripple effects, Hanley Ramirez would shift to 3rd base where for whatever reason he hasn't hit very well in his career, his triple slash line is .249/.329/.437 at the hot corner as opposed to .307/.377/.513 as a SS. You could attribute that to small sample size, his unhappiness and his health, but unless him moving to 3b came with a brand new extension, I would not even think about shifting him to 3b. Signing Drew would also cause the Dodgers to lose the 25th pick in the 2014 MLB Draft, while i'm not particularly fazed by that, I don't know if Drew is good enough to justify losing a draft pick for him. And by "not good enough" I mean his fluctuations in production. For the sake of argument, I am going to omit his 2012 season because he was injured, and probably a little bit unhappy moving from the only place he ever knew (Arizona) to the east coast, into Boston. And also his 2006 season because it was his rookie year and only had 226 PA's. His wRC+ are: 70, 109, 87 113, 92, 109. Above 100 (league average) in 3/6 seasons and below league average in 3/6 seasons. That is an inconsistent player, one that you can't really count on to be league average with the bat year in and year out. Even his career wRC+ is at an underwhelming 96, meaning that the "mean player" is 4% below league average. Finally we know the Dodgers are flush with cash, but at some point it will run out. No one is going to continue with a payroll as massive as the Dodgers, Stan Kasten has repeatedly said that they want to build from within, and the best way to follow that model is signing Juan Uribe to provide his consistent mediocre offense, and solid defense, or trading for Chase Headley and keeping Ramirez happy.
There is no question signing Drew to some crazy 4 year 50 million dollar contract (which is probably light given Jhonny Peralta's deal) would be a mistake that would hamper the Dodgers for years