Just to Satisfy my own curiousity I went out and looked at all the stats I usually look at for four players mentioned : Mauer, Petroia, Youkilis, or ARod. These seem like the frontrunners to me…
Anyhow, here’s the stats:
Name/AB/BA/OBP/SLG/OPS/2B/HR/RBI/TB/Runs created per 27 outs/VORP
The first one I’d drop is Youkilis. The main reason is that he’s a first baseman and his offensive production doesn’t set him all that far apart from his competitors.
Once you drop Youkilis, however, it gets much tougher for me. This is contrary to what I have posted weeks ago, but considering he’s a catcher I may have to go with Mauer even though he doesn’t have the sexy power numbers others have. He’s a damn good catcher and has a solid OPS.
This is pretty freakin’ wide open though. I wouldn’t even be too upset if they gave it to any one of a half dozen players I didn’t mention.