Re: Rick Sweet on Francisco, Frazier and Valaika
I think the thread itself indicates what the Reds are up against in trying Frazier out here and there. His bat's too good for that of a supersub yet he has no clear position and so they've been trying to find him one, one that fits not only him but the configuration of people they have around him. He's not going to play SS, C, CF, or, with Jay Bruce, RF. A move to 2b might make sense, if he's good enough defensively to move Phillips to SS in order to get his bat into the lineup. We now have a future Hall of Famer playing third, one whose coming off the DL is at least perfectly correlated chronologically with a 23-10 run by the team. And surely it must be in the FO's mind that our absolutely best offensive group for 2011 includes Alonso at 1b, Votto in LF, Francisco at 3b. And if Francisco can't play 3b, he's likely to go to LF, leaving Votto or Alonso to be traded (or maybe Francisco), with the return probably being a very good position player at one of the available spots. So 2b's probably what's left for Frazier if he's to be an everyday guy on this team.