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Emotions asside is there much difference between De Aza and Markakis in the outfield?


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Whether he's in LF or RF, De Aza requires a platoon partner. He can't hit lefties to save his life. That's one clear advantage that Markakis has over De Aza--he can play every day.

Markakis doesn't exactly mash lefties these days either. .673 and .651 the last two years. I'd actually probably platoon him too since it's not like his glove or baserunning make up for it.

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Don't know but I doubt his hitting coach was the difference between him hitting over .800 OPS against them in 2013 and under .500 OPS against them in 2014. He didn't look helpless against them while with the O's. No problem with platooning him with Pearce or Hassan though.

I like De Aza. You don't have to sell me. It was Stevenson I think.

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De Aza could be better or similar to Markakis. He could also be exposed playing everyday.

Nicks advantage is a track record of consistency. Not sure that's good enough to warrant the cost difference.

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People keep saying stuff like this. I guess his .818 OPS against LHP's in 2013 never happened.

Why would anyone quote one-year platoon splits? And if you do, then why not his most recent .138 mark in '14? His career line is .247 with about a .300 OBP and five homers in 459 PAs. Not totally unplayable, but certainly not an asset or a leadoff hitter. De Aza is basically Nate McLouth from a couple years ago.

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The answer is yes.

Yes, if you take De Aza in the midst of a two-month slump and Markakis in the middle of what is almost certainly an unsustainable BABIP spike, you could conclude that Markakis is somewhat better. Since the start of 2013 De Aza has still been the more valuable player.

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