Does J.D. Drew sacrifice golden lab puppies to Satan?
Does he feed off the souls of the unborn between innings?
Does he read "A Modest Proposal" and think to himself, "Pansy"?
He must. How else to explain the venom continually directed his way by the Boston press corps?
This Sunday, Nick Cafardo (I know, I know, fish in a barrell) twice — twice! — openly pined for someone else to be patrolling right field other than Drew.
First, there was this incomprehensible statement:
Apropos of nothing: 1. How about a swap of underachieving Scott Boras clients Magglio Ordonez and J.D. Drew?
Cafardo uses a fun technique here. J.D. Drew has an OPS+ of 102. For his career, it's 127. He's underachieving. That's not inaccurate. Of course, Ordonez also is underachieving, but his OPS+ is 80. Never mind that Drew's OPS has dropped 100 points in the past month, thanks to a hideous slump, and sits at .791. Meanwhile, Ordonez's OPS hasn't broken .720 yet this season.
Oh, and Drew's 33. And Ordonez is 35. But sure, how about swapping them? They're both underachieving! And Ordonez's batting average is 30 points higher!
After wanting to swap J,D, Drew for someone who's been two wins worse this season, Cafardo moves on to pine for … wait for it … wait for it…
Bobby Abreu, OF, Angels – He’s turning out to be one of the best signings of the offseason. It’s all hindsight, but the Red Sox had a chance to get Abreu at the trading deadline in 2006, when he hit .330 with seven homers and 42 RBIs for the Yankees the rest of that season. The Sox then signed Drew in 2007. In 2 1/2 seasons since, Abreu has hit .292 with 43 homers and 264 RBIs in 402 games, while Drew has knocked in 166 runs and has hit 42 homers with a .264 average in 331 games. Abreu also has 67 stolen bases to Drew’s 10. In Drew’s favor, his defense is better and he’s two years younger.
Total cost for each player the last 2 1/2 seasons: Abreu $33.5 million, Drew $35 million.
Total value for each player the last 2 1/2 seasons: Abreu $30.5 million, Drew $32.1 million.
You see, that's because Cafardo doesn't understand — or chooses not to — that defense is actually a pretty significant part of playing the game of baseball. When Drew has taken the field for the past two-plus seasons, he has more often than not been one of the best right fielders in baseball. When Abreu has taken the field, he has usually been one of the worst.
Cafardo also doesn't seem to realize that one of his own statistics shows that Drew has been much better than Abreu in another category — slugging, where Drew has posted the same number of home runs in 70 fewer games.
In fact, their lines aren't all that different offensively. In 2007, Drew posted a .373/.423 OBP/SLG, while Abreu posted a .369/.445. In 2008, Drew posted a .408/.519 line, while Abreu was at .371/.471. This year, Drew is at .356/.435; Abreu is at .406/.443. It's clear, however, that the only number that holds any water with Cafardo is batting average, where Abreu does post gaudier totals. Walking just isn't sexy. Apparently, hitting home runs isn't either.
It's also fun to play this game midseason, while Drew is a riding a monthlong cold spell, while Abreu is on a monthlong hot streak. On June 24, Abreu sported a less-than-stunning .793 OPS, while Drew's was .868. Would Cafardo have been dreaming of Bobby then? Or only when the subsequent 30 games made it convenient?
Cafardo at least acknowledges, however dismissively, that Abreu, like Ordonez is 35, while Drew is still just 33.
Between Tony Massarotti and Nick Cafardo, one would think J.D. Drew was the worst signing of Theo Epstein's tenure. Apparently, the Sox would have been much better off against Tampa last year with Bobby Abreu manning right field, and this offensive slump would be history if only Magglio Ordonez were on board.
In reality, the Sox have basically gotten exactly what they've paid for — and that doesn't include the four key postseason hits, including three home runs.
It's just too bad he's such a terrible person. Otherwise, J.D. Drew might actually be a decent player.