We all know what WAR, or Wins, is. According to baseball reference Mike Trout provided 10.7 wins above replacement to Miguel Cabrera’s 6.9. When I heard people captaining this fact as the one leading the army of reasons that Trout should win the MVP I didn’t think much of it. As you all know, I felt Trout had the more valuable season but I also consider defense and base running into the equation.
But if Trout had been hurt at some point during the season his “replacement” would be Peter Bourjos, an excellent defender and more than adequate bat at the plate. In 2011 he had 552 plate appearances and post a Win of 4.8, roughly 5 wins over a 0 Win player.
Cabrera, on the other hand, would be replaced by some unicorn hybrid of Don Kelly/Danny Worth, players who have, in their combined careers of 997 plate appearances, produced Wins of 0.7. Given their skill set, we would most likely see a drop in that production the longer they play on an everyday basis.
This isn’t predictive nor is it a reason for Cabrera. That’s done. We all beat that topic dry yesterday. It’s what I think is an interesting comment regarding WAR or Wins that people don’t normally bring up and I would think one should at least consider when vehemently thrusting that WAR Flag in the air. What exactly are you replacing?