Originally Posted by Kc61
Hannahan could play third against righties. Very able fielder, better defensively than Frazier, and could do ok offensively as a platoon.
Reds would then have to acquire a platoon third sacker to face lefties. (Do I hear Scott Rolen?) Or somebody else.
They would have Ludwick to trade.
If the Reds could get Stanton, with a little work, they would be a much more potent offense, a much better ballclub IMO.
Well, they signed Ludwick as a Free Agent and can't trade him until June (15th I think). Is Stanton enough of an upgrade over one of the three OF to offset the downgrade at 3B? I just don't see it making the Reds that much better. They are already strong in the OF. I'd estimmate a 150 point drop in OPS at 3B from Frazier to a Hannahan/Rolen platoon (.825 vs .675 or so and that assumes Rolen plays and we don't see a Hannahan/Donald platoon which would be even worse). Will Stanton upgrade LF over Ludwick more than that? He could, but it wouldn't be a huge upgrade overall IMO and I wonder if its worth dealing away not only the 3B solution, but next season's CF and the likely replacemet for Arroyo in 2014 as well. I see this deal creating a lot of holes (which includes a probable late inning lefty from this season's team if Cingrani goes). I'm actually not that high on Frazier as a 3B solution, but the Reds really have a hole there without him.
Like you KC, I think other teams have better prospects and the Reds would need to empty the farm and take on some cash to make a deal.