Re: What to do with Brandon Phillips
Has anybody else noticed a decrease in his range on defense, or is it just my imagination?
It seems that more and more grounders, albeit hard hit balls and difficult plays, are making it past Brandon -- both to his glove side and backhand side.
IMHO, his range in 2010 is not all that much better than Cabrara's.
Based on current OPS, here are the 8 top position players (excluding Hernandez, because the other catcher ranks #1):
Note the absence of the two usual centerfielders, and a surplus of middle infielders. Can/should Phillips be moved to the OF? Could Janish at 2B and Phillips, say at CF, hit and field reasonably well enough to merit the makeover? It would move a gold glove infielder to the OF, but it would get one of the top 8 OPS guys into the lineup. Of course, that big a shift could best happen during spring training.