Posted by masterdebate on 12/17/2013 6:15:00 AM (view original):
Gordon also was the number two overall pick the year he was drafted, behind Price. Guys like that get all the chances in the world. Look at how long Phil Nevin and Paul Konerko took to get established.
Also, am I the only one concerned that Gordon, who had done squat in the majors for four seasons, had a breakout year the same year Melky Cabrera joined the team?
David Lough is not that highly touted, nor that talented. What you have is a guy hitting his peak on a team that had a vacancy for him. Nothing more. It's telling he's probably the one who doesn't make the team this year.
I have thought that about Gordon as well. Also Jeff Francouer had his best year in a long time with Melky there. It wouldn't surprise me if all three were juicing. It also wouldn't surprise me if half the players in baseball are still juicing. Players do have career years without cheating, and I think I would tend to put Gordon in that mold as those were his peak years as well.
Speaking of which, and in regard to Lough, I think more teams, especially small markets, should employ the strategy of filling out their benches with 27-28 year old AAAA types, because even crappy players have peaks and they're cheap. Seems like old guys end up overpaid and play much worse than their career average, when you could have major league minimum guys playing their best baseball.