Originally Posted by Beltway
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.
Of course I was being selective. I was talking about addressing the team's power issues. FWIW, if Frazier's BA rebounds to even .265, then he's got plenty of thump (and Chase Headley really doesn't).
I get not wanting to invest that many years in a 30+ catcher. I'm not saying they have to sign the guy, but when I look at this roster I don't see anything that could have a bigger potential impact than adding power at catcher. The Reds don't really have that many spots where they can get a major power upgrade.