I told you I wouldn't hesitate to say "I told you so." And, here it is, in black and white:
Post All-Star StatsAB AVG OBP SLG OPS Byrnes: 99 .253 .315 .363 .709 Kotsay: 66 .212 .235 .333 .569
Of all those stats, the most telling... number of AB's. Bad mistake, taking on that injury risk. This guy is gonna cost us $7 million per year (for half a season) for the next 3 years. Ouch!
And, since Byrnes has been back in the AL, playing for the Orioles?AB AVG OBP SLG OPS Byrnes: 50 .320 .358 .560 .918
OUCH! Why didn't Beane trade Kotsay for Kennedy and Witasick? Could have had Payton playing CF and Byrnes in LF. Bad, bad mistake. But, we're winning in spite of Kotsay's bad back. It's not like we really need him, anyway.