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Bourn deal hurts Stubbs' value

Updated: February 12, 2013, 12:50 PM ET
By Eric Karabell

Kudos to the Cleveland Indians for Monday's splashy signing of free-agent outfielder Michael Bourn, as he'll surely help the squad as a leadoff hitter who steals bases and adds significant defensive value. Of course, it's interesting to me that the potential loser in this signing is a fellow Tribe outfielder who actually was more valuable for fantasy purposes as recently as 2010, and mighty overlooked since. Yep, if you own Drew Stubbs, a player who hits for power and runs but might not get to do much of either in 2013, you're not so pleased today.

Stubbs
Stubbs

Bourn
Bourn

Stubbs certainly has faults at the plate, notably with his high strikeout totals and low batting averages, but in 2010 when he hit .255 with 22 home runs, 77 RBIs, 30 steals and scored 90 runs for the Cincinnati Reds, he finished as the No. 23 outfielder and No. 58 option on ESPN's Player Rater. Bourn, for all his reliable, consistent goodness, was No. 27 at his position and 72nd overall that same year. Bourn was more valuable each of the past two seasons, but in fantasy terms, Stubbs shouldn't be forgotten. In 2011, Stubbs was a top-30 outfielder, and since 2010 he and new Atlanta Braves outfielder B.J. Upton, a fellow hacker, are the only players in baseball to reach as many as 14 home runs and 30 stolen bases in each of those three seasons. Nope, Ryan Braun did not do it.

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