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According to sources the Dodgers signing of free agent outfielder A.J. Pollock is contingent on ultimately trading outfielder Joc Pederson. The trade could come either before or after signing of Pollock. Pederson is currently being shopped to multiple teams.
Player A and Player B:
Based on these stats who are you choosing?
B sounds like the logical answer right? Right! It’s actually closer than you think but the edge goes to Player B because of his higher OBP, SLG and OPS.
Now lets look at these players a little closer:
Player B is Joc Pederson. Pederson is 28 and entering the prime of his career and is under contract for another three seasons. He has hit at least 25 home runs in three of the last four seasons, earning an All-Star spot during his rookie season in 2015. He showed more extra-base ability with a career-best .522 slugging percentage in 2018.However, he is a lefty and the Mets are already heavy on them.
Player A is AJ Pollock and as previously mentioned in my last article he is an option for the Mets in Center Field. However, there are some concerns with him. Pollock is averaging just 91 games played per season since making his debut in 2012 and 101 games per season from 2013 through 2017.
Upside to Pollock: He has a career 113 wRC+ (meaning he’s been 13 percent better than league average offensively), and he’s coming off a 110 wRC+ in 2018. Pollock was also worth +6 Outs Above Average in the outfield. He would certainly be an upgrade IF he was healthy the entire season. BIG IF.
So who would you rather have if given those two options? Pederson or Pollock?
The stats are pretty close so I’d go with Pollock. The Mets need a right handed bat and he fits that.