Or more from our our perspective, did the Angels dodge a bullet? Sure, he's put up great #s, but other than a slight uptick in obp (i.e. walks) he's been the exact same player he's been since he was 23. When he was 23, we all thought " Imagine what he'll be in his prime", but the truth is, he's pretty much the same guy. He's very good sure, but not really better than when we first evaluated him and assumed his ceiling was stratospheric. Lets be honest, they guy hasn't even hit 20 Home runs, ever. Over-the-hill MY hit 21 last year.
But here is my point(s).
#1 Did our very high early assessment so overly wow us so that we subconsciously can't see him as the player he truly is. which bring me to point....
#2 Considering that it is his speed that makes his #s still very very good, shouldn't the fact that he's 29 concern anybody who signs him to such a huge long-term deal? If you take away his speed, which is very likely to happen over the next few years, he starts to look like an average player real real fast.
I know it's not Ranger centric, but I'm curious what others think.