Apples and Oranges
Since this particular World Series is of little to no interest to me, I figured I could distract myself with some good old-fashioned Giants-related theorizing. The big question on many of our minds concerns how the front office plans to upgrade the offense. With two primary options hitting the free agent market, let’s kick off the great Matt Holliday vs. Jason Bay debate.
In the red corner we have Jason Bay, age 31. Sporting a career line of .280/.376/.519, Bay is a bit of a streaky hitter (he spent two months last season hitting around the Mendoza line). On one hand, he plays defense like a camel with three left feet. On the other hand, he’s a better hitter than all non-Sandoval’s on the Giants, which to be fair isn’t saying much. Rumor has it the Giants would be willing to exceed Boston’s initial offer of 4 years/$60 million, so strap yourselves in. Sure, Bay would be an automatic upgrade out in left-field, but so would that freak camel with three left feet I mentioned earlier. For that kind of money and those kinds of years, I say nay.
In the blue corner, we have Matt Holliday, age 29. He has a career slash line of .318/.387/.545, topping Bay on all fronts. He plays better defense (albeit he’s still a tad scary out there), and he’s more of sure thing in terms of the production we’d get from him. He’ll also cost loads more over more years than Bay, but in my mind you get what you’re paying for. Taking all that into consideration, I’m officially on the “Sign Matt Holliday” Express; first stop, a league average offense.
With all this hope comes a bit of a caveat. Before the true speculation can begin, I have to wait for a World Series featuring two teams I have zero vested interest in. You won’t often find me rooting for baseball to end, but the selfish, Championship-repressed Giants fan in me wants to see the hot stove get warm already. Also, every World Series since 2002 has built up a deep sort of misery in me that no words can adequately describe, rendering me unable to be happy for any other team’s successes.
All that aside, I truly am looking forward to a productive offseason. Please God, let it be productive.