And good luck to ya, Woody Rich!
Which is how the Red Sox list looks like this:
Pedroia: 6.7 fWAR
...Pedroia doesn’t have Gonzalez’s power, or for that matter his batting average.
Pedroia doesn’t have Ellsbury’s power, either. Not this season, anyway.
What Pedroia does have is almost Ellsbury’s power, plus a better stolen-base percentage, other baserunning skills, and a fantastic glove at second base.
The numbers really aren’t precise enough to tell us which of these guys has been the best ... and Win Player Average drops Pedroia below Ellsbury and Gonzalez. But regardless of which metrics you prefer, it’s pretty hard to avoid conclusion that the Red Sox already have three legitimate MVP candidates. Which is why they’re where they are.
Of course, I would vote for José Bautista.
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