I was reading rumors on MLBTR that Brad Wilkerson may be close to signing a one year deal with Seattle for around $5 million.
Am I way off in thinking that he might have been a better fit for the Royals than Jose Guillen?
-Good power - his ISO (SLG - AVG) was .233 last season. He hit 20 homers in just 338 at bats. His lifetime slugging pct is .451, and that's with some time in pitchers parks like Le Stade Olympique and the cavernous RFK. He also has good gap power as he hit 42 doubles in 2005.
-Good walk totals - drew 106 walks in 2004. Those numbers have fallen off considerably, but he can still draw a fair amount of walks
-Versatility - Wilkerson is an average to above average defender at the corner outfield positions and can fill in at centerfield as well as first base. Having him on the roster would reduce the need to carry extra weight like Joey Gathright and Ross Gload
-Relatively cheap price. A one year deal is a pretty low commitment. Even if he stinks, you're only on the hook for one year. And the money is about what you'll be paying Angel Berroa.
-Strikes out a ton. I mean a lot. Averaged about 150 strikeouts a year from 2002-2005.
-Low average. He's hit just .224 and .234 the past two seasons in a great hitters stadium
-Last two seasons has been terrible away from the bandbox in Arlington. Hit just .195 on the road last season.
I think Guillen will likely outperform Wilkerson next season, but not by a whole lot. I believe Wilkerson can give you a good amount of power, for not a lot of money, can draw some walks, and give you lineup flexibility. He will strike out a ton, and be near the bottom of the league in batting average, but I think he would have been a better fit for a team like this.
Thoughts? Dissensions? Scouting reports on Wilkerson? What happened to him? His performance has drastically declined since 2004 when he moved from a pitchers park to a hitters park.