Posted by tecwrg on 12/2/2013 7:10:00 PM (view original):
No. Edgar had the edge offensively.
As total overall players . . . yes, they are very comparable. Bernie provided additional value as a centerfielder, and with his baserunning skills, which offset Edgar's offensive edge.
Odd . . . this sounds just like the Trout / Cabrera MVP discussion last year. Doesn't it? Which way did you lean in that discussion?
So it isn't true. Why did you ask???
And if you read back a few pages on this thread, you'll see that I said:
"Bernie Williams was a good center fielder with an above average bat. Edgar Martinez was a DH with a much better bat. Williams' ability to play CF closes the gap a little in terms of overall value, but Martinez was still the more valuable player"
Mike argued that Bernie and Edgar were comparable offensive players. They weren't. And Edgar was so much better with the bat that they weren't really that close in total value. Both Fangraphs and Baseball Reference have them about 20 wins apart in overall value.