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  1. UZR doesn’t seem to agree with your “bad at defense” assesment: http://www.fangraphs.com/leaders.aspx?pos=lf&stats=fld&lg=all&qual=y&type=1&season=2012&month=0&season1=2009&ind=0&team=0&rost=0&age=0&players=0

    As a cub fan, who’s watched him drop balls in the outfield for years, I can’t say I blame your assessment, but according to defensive metrics he has the worst “ErrZ” of any LF by a long shot, but his RngR is 3rd best among Left Fielders, which is good for a 4.7 UZR/150 over the last 3+ years.

    Comment by slash12 — May 17, 2012 @ 3:29 pm

  2. UZR and just about any other defensive metrics are a work in progress. I’d rather have a guy with fringey range but catches anything within his reach than a guy who’ll get there in plenty of time to drop a fly ball.

    Comment by Stuck in a slump — May 17, 2012 @ 7:52 pm

  3. Another relevant point regarding Espinosa is that his LD% is as high as it’s ever been, 4 percentage points higher than it was during last year’s breakout. The K% is bad, but there are some other decent aspects to his peripherals, particularly the LD%….

    Comment by Matt — May 17, 2012 @ 7:54 pm

  4. No guy ever mentioned in one of these is ever on waivers in either of my 16 team keepers.

    Comment by ShaTTer — May 17, 2012 @ 8:13 pm

  5. Hard as it may be to believe, not all readers of this site are play exclusively in 16-team keeper leagues.

    Comment by Mr. Thell — May 18, 2012 @ 10:37 am

  6. His defense is bad? Are you sure about that? uzr/150 is at 33 this year and he has been worth 14.4 runs over replacement defensively since the 2009 injured knee year. In the two years before that he saved 50 runs.

    To state it more correctly, Soriano, a while back, once had a bad defensive year due to injury.

    Comment by Joe — May 18, 2012 @ 4:52 pm

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