Sunday, November 28, 2004
And Now For Sosa Completely Different
You like Sosa's rate stats a bit more than Castillo's; healthy -- a huge concern -- Sammy still has at least one good season in him. The Cubs would get a little younger and take on the shell of a former player who never on-based well, anyway, but may have some upside if his shoulder heals. Money would have to go to the Fish as well.Player VORPr VORP ======================= Sosa .227 27.9 Encarnacion .043 1.9 Castillo .218 33.5
Yellon claims one of the motivations for the trade is "the Cubs have no interest in retaining Todd Walker". Essentially it's a trade of players in positions of need for each club, with each side getting something bad out of the deal. It's fairly even-up, provided Sosa can return to health next year; it might even make a winner out of the Cubs if Encarnacion can become an actual baseball player. Given he's never had an OBP over .330, that's unlikely.