Originally Posted by Caveat Emperor
Freel doesn't have to start to be valuable -- especially when you consider how fragile Jr. has been the last few years.
4.5 million for a 4th OF seems too much (assuming we gave him 9 million over 2 years), even if he can play CF.
An outside observer would claim the Reds are jacking up the market again, and have a pretty good argument.
Freel has a decent OF glove, but if his OBP skills are vanishing, he's not worth much, since he has zero power. I really don't consider his value at 2b/3b either, since he is a weak glove there and Narron never uses him there.
My fear is that Freel has been showing a decline in OBP since the second half of last year (when he started playing more). Hopefully, he can reverse that trend.
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