Originally Posted by RedsManRick
Of 16 qualified 2B in the majors last year, 8 had an OPS of .750 or greater. Brandon Phillips, for example, had an OPS of .762 -- was that just serviceable?
A .330 wOBA is generally league average, 9 cleared that. I'd say if you have a guy who is a plus defender and league average offensively, that's pretty good -- even in a corner OF. I think we sometimes forget, particularly on the corners, that it's still about overall production. A .750 OPS LF with a great glove can (and does) produce as much as an .850 OPS with a poor one.
Unless were talking about a DH, judging a guy's value by just offense is an incomplete way to do it.
Not trying to judge a guy just by offense, but offense is still going to form the largest portion of value for position players. I didn't see a problem with saying serviceable for 2nd base. I'd consider plus offense from second base to be in the category of Dan Uggla, Chase Utley, Rickie Weeks, Dustin Pedroia, and Robinson Cano. Essentially, guys that put up no less than .800 OPS when healthy.
Phillips is good, but his value lies in his ability to combine above average offense from his position with a great glove. Maybe Castro can do that, and if he can then he'd be a great 2nd baseman.