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Carlos Guillen or Michael Young

Earlier today, I mentioned a Detroit News story that talked about how a big Michael Young contract extension would boost the cost of Carlos Guillen and I mentioned that Guillen and Young are pretty comparable.  I got a comment from Rangers blogger Joe Siegler that disagreed and I countered with some numbers.  He brings up some good points in Young’s favor on his blog but he also includes Guillen’s season from four years ago (ancient history) when he was a part timer with the Mariners.

My contention is, Carlos Guillen is as good as Michael Young.  Agree or disagree and why?  And taking it a step further, would you trade Guillen for Young straight up right now.  Leave a comment and let me know.

According to Baseball-Reference.com, the batter most similar to Michael Young is Carlos Guillen. So to say that they’re “comparable” is a pretty fair description.

Posted by Carl on March 1st, 2007 at 7:22 pm

[…] Also, there’s been some good dialogue going about how this will affect the shortstop free agent market.  A lot of people have been comparing Young to Carlos Guillen, who the Tigers have to sign or becomes a free agent at the end of this season.  Tigerblog thinks Guillen is just as good as Young while Rangerfans thinks otherwise.  I’m with Joe on this one.  Guillen is good, but he’s not going to come anywhere close to what Young will do over the next five years.  My opinion anyway.   [link] […]

Posted by The Ranger Reporter » Michael Young Close to Contract Extension With Rangers on March 2nd, 2007 at 6:33 am

They’re very close in on-field ability. Young has a significant edge in durability, which may be a bigger issue as the two players enter their 30s. Guillen is more likely to miss games, and his long-term prospects are more questionable. There’s already been some talk about moving him away from SS because of declining range.

For 2007, they’re more or less even. For the longer term, Young is a safer bet.

Posted by jvwalt on March 2nd, 2007 at 8:52 am

I’m apt to agree with jvwalt. Over the next two or three years I’m happy with Guillen, but past 2010? I’m not so sure.

Posted by Kurt on March 2nd, 2007 at 1:55 pm

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