Bill Ladson of MLB.com reported Thursday that Nationals GM Mike Rizzo is interested in acquiring DH/1B Mike Jacobs:
“The Nationals were one of the first clubs I talked about with my agent,” Jacobs said. “I feel I would be a good fit in that lineup, especially with what they already have there. It’s a pretty good lineup. It’s a place that I would love to go.”
Asked if he was willing to come off the bench with the Nationals, Jacobs said, ” At this point, I’m not sure. Coming off a down year, you obviously [have] to prove yourself again. When you look at my season when I hit 32 home runs and drove in 90-something runs, the reason I was able to do that was because I was given at-bats to do it.
“I truly believe, as a power hitter, you need to have your at-bats. If you don’t get your at-bats consistently, you are not going to be as productive as you need to be. I feel I’m pretty young. I feel like I have a lot left in the tank. I need that opportunity to get those at-bats. If [being a reserve] was the only way, then I would have to make that decision.”
In 2008 Jacobs did hit 32 homers and drive in 97 runs, however he also only hit .247 and got on base at .299. Things were way worse in 2009 as Jacobs only mustered 19 homers, batted .228, and got on base at .297. These numbers are pretty awful. While power is always at a premium, no one can get away with hitting only .228 without getting on base at a high rate. He is no poor man’s Adam Dunn.
Furthermore, I feel that what the Nationals should be looking for (if not a middle infielder) is a strong defensive replacement at first base for late inning situations. It’s no secret that last year Adam Dunn was a black hole at the position, but why the Nationals would want to bring in another is beyond me. Jacobs has a career UZR/150 of -9, his defense was so poor that in 2009 he DH’d all but 15 games.
2008: 6.9 BB%, 24.9 K%, .266 ISO, .338 wOBA, 107 wRC+
2009: 8.6 BB%, 30.4 K%, .173 ISO, .305 wOBA, 83 wRC+
Your move Mike Rizzo.