I thought it would be fun to track Jose Reyes this season as well as his replacement Ruben Tejada. It will be an interesting case study to see exactly how much the Mets actually lost offensively and defensively by replacing Reyes with Tejada, and if that difference is worth the $106 million dollars it would have cost to retain him.
The great thing about this from a fairness perspective, is that they both bat leadoff and play the same position. That puts the comparison on a very level playing field with no foul calls from either side.
The offensive categories I chose to monitor are as follows: Hits, Extra-Base Hits, Walks, Runs, RBI, Stolen Bases, Batting Average, On-Base Percentage, Slugging and OPS.
No shortstop comparison is complete without some defensive measures. It’s far too early to compile enough data to effectively compare Reyes and Tejada using UZR/150, that will come later in the season. For now we’ll stick to some of the dated, but still somewhat useful old standbys: Fie...