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Cust v. Bonds

So in answer to the rumors that Bonds will go to the A's, I've decided to dedicate a post to our DH v. Bonds as a DH. Also, I'd like to say that it makes no sense for Bonds to DH for the A's since we're already set with Cust, Swish, and Dan Johnson already filling that position. Anyway...

Bonds' 2007 line:

G   AB    R    H   2B 3B  HR  RBI  SB CS  BB  SO   BA   OBP   SLG *OPS+  TB   SH  SF IBB GDP
126  340   75   94  14  0  28   66   5  0 132  54  .276  .480  .565  170  192   0   2  43  13  

Cust's 2007 Line:

G   AB    R    H   2B 3B  HR  RBI  SB CS  BB  SO   BA   OBP   SLG *OPS+  TB   SH  SF IBB GDP
124  395   61  101  18  1  26   82   0  2 105 164  .256  .408  .504  147  199   0   6   2   6

Also Bond's RC/27 is 10.2...Cust's RC/27 is 7.8

What pops out at me is how similar each players line is. The big difference of course is that of the strikeouts. Where Bonds is striking out almost once for every three walks, Cust strikes out one-and-a-half times for every walk. While this does add value to Bonds over Cust, most likely the difference in the RC/27 department, Cust's salary is much much cheaper and comes with a lot less baggage. Therefore, it seems to me that if the A's were to sign Bonds, it would be a huge mistake for the organization. Not only are you blocking other quality players, but you're tainting your organization. However, I do think that Bonds' is still one of the best players in the game and super productive. That being said, hopefully the Yankees pick him up and he proceeds to crash and burn.

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