Looking at this list, I see that Alex Rodriguez, to date this season, has the same Slugging Percentage (.440) as Ichrio, the same number of Homeruns (3) as Carl Crawford, and the same On Base Average (just about) as Martin Prado.
Imagine…some combination of Ichiro, Crawford and Prado as your clean-up hitter.
O.K., that’s not as bad as having Jorge Cantu as your clean-up hitter…or, maybe it is?
Cantu has an OPS of .769 so far this season…compared to an OPS of .801 for A-Rod. And, when you factor in that Alex plays in a hitter’s park like Yankee Stadium and Cantu plays in a pitcher’s park like Sun Life Stadium, those numbers are not that far off, are they?