Holliday, Bay are equally productive
Updated: December 5, 2009, 9:01 PM ETBy Peter Gammons
INDIANAPOLIS -- What we don't know is what the final contract numbers will be for Matt Holliday and Jason Bay, and this shouldn't be a one-versus-the-other thing. They are big, middle-order, right-handed power bats in a sport in which three right-handed-hitting outfielders had more than 20 homers and at least a .900 OPS and .500 slugging percentage in 2009: Ryan Braun, Bay and Holliday. Sure, people will debate the sagacity of five- or six-year deals to Bay, who turns 32 in September, or Holliday, who turns 30 next month. But they are left fielders. Yes, Bay's had a couple of surgeries and his defense has been debated, but check John Dewan's Fielding Bible and you'll find 12 teams with worse defense in left field. At worst, at age 34, Bay can DH, and he's proven to be someone unaffected by the pressures of the Northeast Corridor, a quiet man well respected by his peers.
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