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Willingham was worth all of 2.1 war last season. That is all you can credit him with for the trade. He was limited in the field and once again missed significant time to injury. His knee problems were masked some by DHing 40 times last year.
Henry has been worth .7 war thus far with roughly 4 or 5 years of control left. Even if brown only makes it as a 4th outfielder there is a good chance he would be able to supply te team with .5 war a season. They have 6 year of control over him. I don't see how this could be looked at as anything but a win for the team.
The team even got .6 war from Nix last season and willinghams value would have been pushed further downward with more time in the field. I honestly don't feel the team was much worse for wear without him.
1 year, 10 months ago on Re-Evaluating the Josh Willingham Trade | April
@kkolchack Not to mention Willingham only played in the field 96 games last season. He clearly benefited from being able to DH 1/3rd of the time in the AL. I have serious doubts he would have gotten as many at bats last season if he ha to play the field every day. I also think it is somewhat close minded to assume Brown has nowhere to contribute. There is no guarantee that Laroche will be back next season which would mean Morse moving to 1st and exposing either LF or CF.