Friday, October 19, 2012

Phillies 2013 Third Base Solution

I am a wannabe GM, so here goes...

2013 is going to be a transition year at many positions on the diamond for the Phillies, but I believe the solution for 3rd base is an easy and inexpensive one.  Sure, fans are going to say, "Trade for David Wright or Chase Headley."  Ha, keep dreaming.  Let's go with something we already have, plus a reinforcement.  Kevin Frandsen and Eric Chavez.  Combined salary of roughly $4M.

Frandsen did a tremendous job for the Phillies over the final couple months of the season, with Polly banged up and nobody else capable of both fielding and hitting at 3rd base.  He hit .338/.834 playing in 55 games.  Although his defense is not stellar, he did have a positive DWAR (0.3).  He is 30 years old (will be 31 at the end of May) and is a right-handed batter that hits lefties better than righties.  His career split versus southpaws is .282/.748 with only 14 K in 263 plate appearances.  Estimated 2013 salary- $700K.

Chavez is known for his quality defense, although those skills have diminished with age and injury, and he is a left-handed batter that will turn 35 years old in December.  He hit .281/.845 with 16 HR in 113 games with the Yankees this season.  For his career he's killed righties to the tune of a .280 batting average and .869 OPS.  Due to his age and history of injuries, it's likely that he could be had on a 1 year contract at a low base salary, say between $3-4M.

That gives the Phillies an ideal platoon situation.  Chavez plays against RHP and Frandsen against LHP.  This also allows for hot hitting 3rd base prospect, Cody Asche, to possibly take over at the hot corner in 2014.  There ya go Amaro, solved.  Check that off of the to-do list.


Anonymous said...

Totally agree. This also allows spending money for the outfield and the bullpen. Frandsen more or less reminds me of a '93 Fightin--grit, dirty helmet, and all.

In other news, Pete Orr...gone?!?! NOOO!!!

Ben said...

Great plan. Entirely too intelligent for RAJ to ever execute. Galvis it is.

Bob D said...

I can see this or something similar happen at 3B. Phillies have depth at RP & backup OF or moving a SP to aquire a 3b not likely a Wright or Headley but a decent fielder with a good bat. Galvis can be utility IF and defensive replacement.
I see the lot of OF the team has as backup and 4th OF and not really starters full time. Mayberry Nix Scheirholtz Pierre and even Brown don't seem to be starters. So trade makes sense

SirAlden said...

Ryan Howard on a bad wheel - not his fault had 56 RBIs in 71 Games Played.

162 divided by 71 times 56 = Equals

127.774647887 RBIs over a full season.

Chase Headley had 115 RBIs, Ryan Braun, 112, the next six players - 108, 105, 104, 103, 102, 100.

Only 8 players in the National League had 100 RBI's only two had 110 or above.

Roy Halladay was injured and did not perform as well as Ryan Howard and is earning alot of money, Chase Utley was injured did not perform as well as Ryan Howard.

Ryan Howard is the fastest player in all of Major League History (that is 1st of 17,940 Players - I looked it up and counted to hit 300 Home Runs.

Without Ryan Howard there would have been no Golden Age period.

127-128 RBI's projected over a season while not at full strength is just fine.

Stop being silly.

SirAlden said...

Chavez is a good Risk I agree.

Good Call.

GM-Carson said...

SirAlden- Howard wasn't better than Utley last season and hasn't been over the course of his career. Utley has a superior all-around game that Howard doesn't.

Howard is great at hitting homeruns and collecting RBI. He is elite in that regard.

Every other facet of his game is well below average.

He'd make a tremendous DH.

Chase Trillo said...

Always liked Eric Chavez. Worth a shot, although I think the Yankees will want to hold on to him.

SirAlden said...

127 RBIs is a lot better than Chase.

Chase without the Homers is Solid but not game changing.

Glad you are now thinking of Fielding. Now we know that Mellon Heads Fielding was really missed in preventing runs vs ty wiggy.

Bob D said...

Ryan Sandberg could likely play a good 3B

Bob D said...

Wlson Betemit could be another option as Baltimore may shop him

Not a great fielder but is fairly good with a bit of pop who could hit dozen Hrs playing part time and is a switch hitter.He also plays 1B, 3B, with some experience at 2B, SS, LF.

Deirdre said...

Love fransden, also wish we could try for Chase Headley but its probably going to be to much money. trade diekman,fonanote,Pete Orr, Brian snchider

Anonymous said...

You know the phillies aren't gonna do something as smart as what you posted.... Which would would mind you.

SirAlden said...


The Phillies announced that they have outrighted infielder Michael Martinez to Triple-A. Martinez, 30, saw time at shortstop, second base, third base, and every outfield position in parts of two big league seasons with the club. In 133 games during that stretch, Martinez posted a slash line of .188/.241/.272.

Bob D said...

Oh HAPPY DAY!!!!!!!!

This deserves a WSBGMS post!

Bob D said...

Corey? Carson?

Fuhs said...

So, Minimart ready for a first-ballot WSBGMs HOF induction?

GM-Carson said...

Well, we know sure as hell who's gonna be WSBGMs 2013 Hall of Famer. Not even sure we need a ballot.

Post forthcoming today on plethora of roster moves.

Bill said...

Frandsen is no solution. He had the best few months of his career in the second half of 2012 and will be a .220 hitter in 2013 at best. Chavez is a thought and could be part of a solution, but they will need a right hander to go with him as the team looks for a stop gap until Cody Asche is ready.

Anonymous said...

I would like to say both players had a better than you normally would have believed season. I doubt Frandsen will be hitting that well and the same for Eric Chavez. I do like the idea about Asche. All in all even if I didn't suggest this in what I said I think it is a good plan because look at 2011. We had Polanco yet we had a record breaking 102 wins. I think we will manage to survive especially with the 2 wildcards.

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