Originally Posted by IcyPatriot
Then again ... for the money I would take Cabrera of a few years ago over JD Drew all day long. Cabrera always gave everything he had - he was a true dirt dog.
Cabrera has a career OPS of .716. Well below league average.
JD Drew has a career OPS of .888. Well above league average. Cabrera isn't fit to hold drew's jock strap.
The fact that Drew doesn't throw his bat when he strikes out doesn't make him a bad player, and doesn't mean he isn't trying. The team needs guys who aren't hotheads.
That, and letting Cabrera walk netted us a first round pick and a sandwich pick.
Here are the Red Sox 2005 first and first round sandwich picks. Two of these players were drafted with the picks netted because Cabrera was signed by someone else:
1 23 Jacoby Ellsbury, Oregon State
1 26 Craig Hansen, St. John's
1a 42 Clay Buchholz, Angelina College (Texas)
1a 45 Jed Lowrie, Stanford
1a 47 Michael Bowden, Waubonsie Valley HS (Ill.)