I think your basis is flawed on two HUGE points:
Flaw 1: Your numbers are cut to specifically include the injured period in the downturn delivers a flawed story line. Season should be broken into three distinctive parts.
1) Pre Injury: April - July 7th: Hitting .303/.373/.585/.958 w/ 21 dingers in in 287 AB (translates to 40-45 HR in a full season)
2) Injured July 8th - finally put on DL August 4th: a month in which he hit .200/.296/.311/.607 w/ 1 HR
3) August 19th - Current: Returned from the DL hit .282/.344/.538/.882 with 8 dingers in 117 AB (translated to 35-40 HR in a full season)
Flaw 2: Trade history isn't always a reflection on player:
1) A's traded when in 1st but needed pitching, so trade STAR for STAR Jon Lester.
2) Sox traded him when looking at a projected 2015 starters of Bucholtz (off bad year) Lester (gone) Lackey (gone) Peavy (gone) and they needed an established starter. Rick Porcello was coming off a great year so it was talent for talent.
3) Detroit traded when they were all but eliminated from post season play, were staring into a ridiculous walk year resign-ability clause (we know it well) and were actively considered interested in his services for 2016 and beyond.
So yea, 4 teams in 4 years isn't the end all be all. Matt Holliday was on 3 teams in 2 years, in hindsight, does that make Jason Bay the better player to sign in 2008?
- brian stark, West Coast Mets Fan, thomasam and 1 other like this