Originally Posted by Scrap Irony
Rodriguez profiles as a 10-15 HR bat, with ceiling projections at about 20. It's not like he's got no pop at all. A .310/ .350/ /425 number two hitter who rarely strikes out is really, really valuable, especially at a position like 3B. I think Frazier's season makes him much more likely to start at that spot next season, but this is fairly new territory for him. The majors are littered with guys who went Joe Charbineau for a year before settling into mediocrity.
At this point, Rodriguez is a great bat to stash in AAA or as a super-sub for 2013. If Frazier is dealt or struggles next season, I absolutely think Rodriguez can step in and step up.
I just don't know about a guy like that hitting 2nd for the Reds. You don't want Joey Votto to be put in a state of shock. I mean what's he supposed to think when he comes to the plate and somebody in front of him actually got on base?