Friday, October 19, 2012
Phillies 2013 Third Base Solution
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.