Originally Posted by TRF
It does NOT add to the teams offense to get Sandoval. He's less than Frazier. And he's a defensive liability in comparison. He weakens the infield, and his girth will force a position change sooner rather than later.
If Frazier has the exact same number of XBH's next year, and simply reaches base 20 more times, a base hit or walk extra per week, he's got a .780 OPS. If he add 10 hits, and his XBH's are 1/3 of his hit total, you are looking at an .800 OPS with stellar defense.
Moving Frazier off 3B is a bad idea.
Frazier hit .234 this year. I know all the chatter about BA being not important, but the guy is a corner player who hit .234.
Maybe he rebounds, I don't know. But if the Reds keep the 3B, SS and C positions all the same next year it is a major risk.
Sandoval seems to be gettable. A few years back he was an excellent third baseman with a higher UZR than Frazier now has. Panda's slipped back, perhaps due to conditioning, but he is still young.
I'd prefer a truly top star at one of these positions, but assuming money is an issue, Sandoval is a good choice IMO. He consistently OBPs over .340 and could add power to his normal season playing in GABP.