Amed Rosario has almost had a better all-around season than the man he was traded for in Francisco Lindor. Proving once again that name value alone is no reason to sign a player to an outrageous contract, Rosario has outplayed Lindor in nearly every facet except one. Lindor is still having a better season defensively than Rosario.
To be clear, it’s not a comparison of stats from Rosario’s entire year, just the time at shortstop. Rosario was horrid in the outfield. Not just defensively either.
For some reason, despite now hitting much better than Lindor, Rosario was someone who couldn’t find his stroke in the early stretches of the season. It’s almost ironic that Rosario’s offense started to pick up around the same time he was moved back to shortstop. His lowest point came on April 26, as Rosario posted a .153 average on the year. While it didn’t get better overnight, throughout the next two months, Rosario would chip away at the hole he found himself in until he entered Aug. 24 hitting .289.
He only has eight home runs and 43 RBIs, not the same production Lindor once put up, but he’s also not being paid $30+ million to hit .228 either.
It’s almost as if pro teams have yet to realize that signing players to long-term deals at such a high rate always end up biting clubs in the butt.