In 23 games, Jennings has shown a great bat (.337 AVG), a penchant for getting on base (.416 OBP), speed (9 steals), power (5 HR and 14 xbh), and a gold glove-caliber glove.
If you project those numbers over 162 games, Jennings would hit .337 with 35 home runs and 63 stolen bases. Of course, he wouldn’t do that over a full season, but that does give you a sense of how good he has been in his first month.
Meanwhile, the other guy manning left field the last two days in Fenway Park, Carl Crawford, will make more money this week (~$560 thousand) than Jennings would have made this year even if he spent the entire season with the Rays (~$414 thousand).
And if we compare the numbers of the two outfielders, we see just how good Flash has been for the Rays and just how bad Crawford has been for the Red Sox…
Through Tuesday’s games
Crawford is eventually going to turn it around. And Jennings will come back to Earth a bit. But so far, we see why it was such an easy decision to let Crawford walk.