First, thanks to Thrylos and others for mentioning the platoon thing. It's a great point. I'd forgotten just how extreme he was. Of course, that means I really like him 2/3 of the time.
Based on some research a while back, I think this injury thing is being overblown. He had a gruesome injury, took a while to come back, and had a concussion. The concerns from the DBacks are a concern. I'll also say that a lot of the games he missed with Boston were more due to that platoon split than injuries.
So it comes down to this: what do you want to commit to a young, above average defensive shortstop who can mash vs RHs and is really bad vs LHs?
I'll ask a second question: if he didn't cost a 2nd round pick, what would his market value be? Would 4/40 be out of the question then? If so, that's also a pretty tradable asses, and someone that you might get something better than a #2 pick for.
I think Drew could be the guy this summer that we're all wondering why nobody else chased, similar to Willingham two years ago.
I think the "young" label might be relative at best. I've been doing some research on and off about older players, and part of it focuses on the fact that I think we are still applying age and youth within the context of the "steroid era." This doesn't fully apply here, but it did make me look at Drew's youth closer.
In this case, I looked at all shortstops (at least 120 games played at the position) who achieved a WAR of 2.0 or greater. In the past 25 years, only 60 player seasons have occurred. That's about 2.5 per year. If you look at Drew's 3.1 WAR from last season, that total lowers to 40 total seasons, or about 1.5 per year.
Basically, shortstops either age rapidly or move to another position. I'm not certain Drew solves the shortstop issue for the next three years. If that is the case, then I'm not sure he's worth 3 and 30 and the second round pick.
Here's the link to the table with all the player seasons I found. If you remove repeats, there are just 28 unique players. In the past ten years, only 14 different players reach these figures:http://bbref.com/pi/shareit/8crOD
Edited by Brad Swanson, 07 January 2014 - 12:08 PM.