There's several parsec's difference between a guy making his ML debut a week after turning 23 and having risen steadily through the minor league ranks and a guy like Lavarnway who is currently 25 and still trying to get established after having been up and down a few times already.
Salty was acquired by BOS when he was 25 and had already compiled 813 AB's in the majors by that age.
Lavarnway has compiled a staggeringly huge sample size of 192 AB's in the majors going into his own age 25 season. According to you Lavarnway has definitely hit his ceiling already. Maybe he has. But to dial up the "he's 25, it's over" angle as your primary reason is unsound.
Salty did the exact same "up and down a few times already" with two
other teams spread out over four
more ML seasons, showing nothing. And finally didn't actually start hitting HR's - incidentally, his sole true outcome as a hitter and
a fielder - until older than your Logan's Run-esque 25-year old cutoff.
If you like Jarrod and hate Ryan, great. But to hammer away stubbornly using these apple & orange numbers to bolster your beef, it reads as if Karl Rove had Salty in his fantasy baseball keeper league.
Edited by Trlicek's Whip, 10 November 2012 - 06:21 PM.