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I’ve read this spring about how he’s rededicated himself to playing shortstop. How many guys are coming into spring training in the greatest shape of their life? Everyone’s in great shape. I don’t think he has the attention span to recommit himself to anything. He plays on ability, but let’s be clear: that’s still an adequate upside. The question is, when you put that payroll together, is adequate in the middle going to lead to playing deep into October?
He has allowed a lot of aspects of his game to go by the wayside. What gets you your salary? Bombs and steaks, home runs and RBIs, and that’s what he’s been about for a long time now. Moving runners along? You can’t go to arbitration and say you moved runners along. It leads to a bit of selfishness. But let me tell you, he can run, he can throw, he can hit, he’s got power. He’s a special talent. That kind of attitude is all right when it’s on other teams. If it’s on yours, it drives you insane and don’t think the other 24 guys don’t notice.Consensus: Major offensive contributor, potential liability at shortstop.