Who has the better upside for this season?
Adam Laroche or Adrian Gonzalez or Helton
Greinke or Loewen
Calvin in Queens,
Despite growing a fearsome beard this past offseason, Helton probably isn’t in the same category as the younger Gonzalez or the slumping LaRoche. The latter two could wind up with 10-20 more homers than the Rockies first baseman. I’d give the edge to Gonzalez, who’ll likely hit for a higher batting average than LaRoche.
As for the Greinke/Loewen comparison, there is none. Over two starts, Greinke held the mighty Red Sox and Blue Jays to two earned runs over a combined 13 innings. He’s clearly the better option.
— Alex Cushing