The Value of a One-Category Stud
Someone is trying to get Kelvim Escobar from me and I am in need of some stolen bases badly. He has Juan Pierre who’s he not afraid to give up. Is the trade worth pulling off, because I am iffy with Juan Pierre, but he’s always big for stolen bases, which I am in desperation for in my rotisserie league.
If steals are what you’re looking for, Pierre’s your guy. From 2004-2006, Juan has averaged a little over 53 stolen bases per season, making him one of the very few sure things when it comes to speed. The problem with Pierre is that he does pretty much nothing else. A former .300 hitter, Pierre is batting just .269 this year. And a declining walk rate to go along with an increasing strikeout rate doesn’t bode well. But you say you’re desperate, and since it’s almost impossible to win a fantasy league without at least competing in every category, I say make the trade. While Escobar is a solid mid-rotation fantasy starter, Pierre is too much of a difference maker to pass on…even if we’re dealing with only one stat.
Zach Steinhorn, MLB.com