Let's play player A and B.
Player A 2012:
186 PAs .252/.328/.350/.678 21 SB, 3 CS
Player B 2012:
274 PAs .258/.330/.316/.645 30 SB 3 CS
Player A is Mastroianni. Player B is Bonifacio. I chose 2012 because Mastro broke his leg at the end of spring training in 2013 and they made him play on it, resulting in mostly a lost year of surgeries and trying to play with a hunk of metal in his leg.
Mastro has more power, as much speed and is a better defender in all outfield spots. He's also a year younger. It's not clear to me that Bonifacio is the better option.
Escobar, on the other hand, does not have the offensive or baserunning resume of Bonifacio. If they are comparable defenders in the infield, it might be worth doing something.
As String said... Mastro can't play infield. That's why Bonofacio is the upgrade.
We all hope Hicks joins us in 2014 to stay. Bonofacio can be moved to make room if he's playing well. Mastro can't.
Bonofacio has more MLB experience than Mastro. He's had better years than 2012. Mastro has never had a better year than 2012.
And The 2012 comp... Bono was injured for most of the year. Pre-Injury 2012 he was doing good. He missed a couple of months and when he came back... His team was gone and the attitude around the club and town was "I'd like to kill this owner".
I'm also not sure that Mastro is the better defender in the OF. Neither of them are Revere or Buxton.
Don't get me wrong... I like Mastro but that's not a surprise because I'm a speed guy. We are looking at one last roster spot based on what Levi posted and I think Levi is right.
Bono is a perfect fit... He plugs 3 holes and potentially more... Mastro only plugs two.
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