- Mar 11, 2020
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First off, my argument wasn't that Johnson should have taken Naquin's place this season even though I believe Johnson's potential is greater. My preference would have been to give Johnson a real opportunity to play CF because of his offensive ceiling. If they feel Johnson is ready(they were on the brink of it this season) then Naquin may be looking for a job because the financial situation appears to be very ugly in Cleveland right now, and Naquin isn't a difference maker. The same can be said for DeShields. I mean if it's as bad as CA says, then even the smallest contracts will be scrutinized and both are in arbitration years.Also @CDAV45
None of us are against Johnson taking over RF, but he needs to earn it from by taking it away from Naquin. If Johnson is better than Naquin, he will take the position. In the best 25 out of camp scenario, if Johnson is better than he will get it. Naquin will be on the roster in 21, his price tag isn't high enough vs potential production to let him go. In my mind you are underrating Naquin and overvaluing Johnson at this current moment.
Also the ops predicting of .740 for Johnson is below the .760 for Naquins career. I am actually thinking a predict around .780 for OPS for Naquin next season as well. I really feel the numbers he put up in 19, will be his normal numbers if healthy.
Clement is Rule 5 Eligible in 2021, so in my mind he needs to be protected otherwise we lose him. Plus we are transitioning to the younger guys, so why not give him a shot at making this roster. Idk I just have a hunch he will stay in the bigs once he is given a shot.
Also I think Mathias will be an OF in Milwaukee. They barely played him in the INF last season.
Naquin's OPS is skewed by the first half of 2016. That's his largest sample size in 5 yrs and he hasn't come close to that production since. You're predicting a 740 OPS for a player with a minor league career OPS of over 800. It was damn near 900 in both stops in 2019(872 & 867). In fact, the only time his OPS was under 800 was his initial promotion to Akron as a 22 yr old. Daniel Johnson has more power and speed than Tyler Naquin therefore if Johnson hits at all then his OPS will surpass Naquin's IMO.
I'm not even concerned with Clement discussions. I feel that he is below all of Chang, Miller, and both Freemans in the pecking order. He could be a good replacement for M. Freeman, but Tito loves him some M. Freeman too. He's been a good little utility player for this team and I have no problem with him in that role. If Clement can do it better then fine, but Clement is not and should not be a starter. I also have no regrets with them moving from Mathias. It's not even worth discussing.