Originally Posted by Old school 1983
RBI are important. Sure they are a function of where you hit in the lineup but certain players have a propensity to get them. Others don't. It's not luck or Frazier would be batting cleanup right now and this team would have no issues. On what planet is fraziers D is above average? Is there another Frazier on the team that I'm not watching? And experience in pressures situations matters a ton. So does veteran leadership which this team has none of. We can put Frazier in left and when lutz outplays him we can find a new excuse to keep him.
I'm not saying Frazier is Adrian Beltre or Evan Longoria out there, but he seems to be slightly above average to me. I don't recall reading any disparaging reports about his defense at the hot corner. At any rate, he's miles better than Young.
And veteran leadership? Setting aside if that really matters or not(the club has enough veterans), do you really want this
kind leadership? A guy who whines, and is selfish, and demands to be traded when things don't go his way?
But in SABR world strikeouts don't matter and closers don't matter lets trade chapman for Stanton and forget it.
Assuming Chapman stays a closer(sigh), I would do that trade in a heartbeat. Hell I might even do it if Chapman becomes a starter, assuming we would be able to sign Stanton long term that is.