Originally Posted by M2
Todd Frazier was 9th among MLB 3Bs in HR. Unless you've got a plan to land Miguel Cabrera, Pedro Alvarez, Evan Longoria, Adrian Beltre or Ryan Zimmerman, then you're probably not going to get a lot more HR thump than Frazier can provide. And you're certainly not going to get it at a better price point than Frazier.
As for LF, it's tied to CF. Do the Reds re-sign Choo? If so, does he play LF or CF? The long-term answer in CF looks to be Billy Hamilton and he is no power hitter. So the Reds ultimately aren't going to be gaining a lot of thump in the OF. Bruce + Hamilton + Choo-level power leaves them roughly where they were in 2013.
So there's LF and 3B out the window in terms of piling on a lot of extra power. Meanwhile the Reds were 27th in MLB for HRs and SLG from catchers. Point being, if you aren't willing to add thump behind the plate on this team yet you still want to add power for the long-term, then I suggest trading Billy Hamilton.
You're being selective with your choice of stats. Frazier may have been 9th in HRs, but he was 12th in SLG, 14th in OPS, and 15th in wOBA. Who could the Reds get to replace Frazier? I'd like to see Walt go after Chase Headley. You're not going to get a lot more HRs from Headley, but "thumping" isn't just HRs. I think Headley could thrive at the GABP after spending so many seasons at Petco.
Any upgrades are going to cost money. I worry more about McCann aging than Headley. McCann isn't a great defensive catcher in the first place, and he's probably going to get 5+ years. If he's still catching after 5 years, I doubt he's doing it very well.