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  1. Not even close. I’d rather have Ramirez than any other SS with the exception of Tulo (Yes, I don’t want to deal with the injury-prone Reyes). Cabrera is in the next tier with Castro, Andrus and Rollins.

    Comment by Radagast — August 23, 2011 @ 2:30 pm

  2. Value is obviously a huge issue here. In a league I’m in, Hanley’s salary is $50 while I’m holding Asdrubal at $1. I am certainly happy that I have Cabrera rather than Ramirez given the risk, and at those prices would certainly be letting Hanley walk rather than Cabrera if I happened to have both. Given that these valuations are likely similar to those faced by others, I’d have to suspect that the vast majority of people would prefer to keep Asdrubal.

    The risk of keeping Hanley at the salary it would have taken to acquire him in the first place is simply too high. Spend that money elsewhere and enjoy the bargain that is Cabrera. He doesn’t have to keep playing at this level to provide surplus value, whereas with Hanley, anything other than a return to his MVP-caliber performance would likely mean you’re overpaying for him.

    However, all contracts being equal, I’d likely hold onto Ramirez over Cabrera.

    Comment by James Lewis — August 23, 2011 @ 2:32 pm

  3. If this is going to become a regular feature, you should put a poll at the end of every article.

    Comment by Max — August 23, 2011 @ 2:41 pm

  4. “…and they will be happy to have someone pick up the remaining $46.5M he’s owed over the next three years.”

    What?? I don’t mean to be contradictory, but this is not even close to true. As a Giants fan, I’d love if you were correct, but I can’t imagine this being remotely true.

    Comment by Milby — August 23, 2011 @ 2:57 pm

  5. Ramirez. But not at $50, where I have him.

    Comment by zkolodin — August 23, 2011 @ 2:59 pm

  6. I’d take Ramirez if cost isn’t an issue.

    Question for the masses: $260 cap, 12 team league starting C 1B 2B SS 3B OF OF OF Util

    would you keep Jose Reyes at $31 or Jhonny Peralta at $6?

    Comment by Pat — August 24, 2011 @ 9:37 am

  7. When I read, Cabrera showing more dominance here in every category except walk rate, I asked myself: How does one dominate BABIP? Isn’t that almost wholly, definitionally luck?

    Comment by Steve Balboni — August 24, 2011 @ 1:06 pm

  8. Yeah, I can’t remember the last time I saw something on Fangraphs that was so obviously, objectively wrong. As a Yankee fan, I’d take on Ramirez’ $46.5 million, and offer Eduardo Nunez and any four prospects the Marlines wanted (Montero and Banuelos and pick ‘em).

    Comment by JimNYC — August 24, 2011 @ 5:22 pm

  9. For pitchers, it largely is (although “wholly, definitionally” is a bit much). Not so much for hitters. Check, say, Derek Jeter for proof. Or Willie Keeler if you’re me and a huge fan of the 1894 Baltimore Orioles.

    Comment by JimNYC — August 24, 2011 @ 5:27 pm

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