Second baseman of the future?

C. Trent has a terrific profile of Todd Frazier here.

I don’t know what it is about Frazier, but I really like the kid. I had never seen him play until last summer, when I got a chance to catch several Carolina games. Before watching him play, I was indifferent. After seeing him in action, however, I came away very impressed…and I can’t really say why. He just conducted himself like the consummate pro, and he seemed to do everything well.

The question, obviously, is where Frazier will play on the big league level. I have my opinion on that, but people get upset when I suggest that the current starter at that position* might be traded to open a spot for Frazier. So I’ll keep my opinions on that to myself, thank you very much.

*I’m not going to say that player’s name, but his initials are Brandon Phillips.

10 Responses

  1. Steve

    Not only am I not upset with this opinion, I completely agree with it. I’ve been saying for months that if the Reds aren’t in the thick of the playoff hunt they will trade BP in the middle of the season. They would get tremendous value for him. His contract escalates from $6.75 million in 2010 to $11 million in 2011. I don’t think the Reds will want to pay that, although they are getting some salary relief with the Arroyo and Harang contracts coming to an end. If Frazier can hit major league pitching, as it looks like he can, he’ll be the Reds second baseman in 2011.

  2. Python Curtus

    I see Frasier up at the Major League level all next year (2011)as a super utility/ back up for Rolen, then taking over at 3B when Rolen rolls on. I just don’t see him at 2B. And like I have been saying, I really hope the musical positions they’ve been playing with him won’t screw up his game.

  3. BJ Ruble

    He is the second baseman of the future, unless Valaika shows something great this year. I too see BP gone either at the deadline or the winter meetings this year. That is too big a pay raise for them to handle, especially when you have arb eligible players coming up very soon in Votto, Bruce, Cueto, etc…

  4. Bill Lack

    Only problem with Frazier replacing Rolen is his contract was just extended for two more seasons, which makes 3 total.

    • hoosierdad

      Only problem with Frazier replacing Rolen is his contract was just extended for two more seasons, which makes 3 total.

      I could see Rolen in the final year of his contract playing maybe not much more than 1/2 of the games in the field and doing a lot of pinch hitting. Kind of an expensive PH and 1/2 time player, but it would be the last year of his MLB career and should keep his legs fresher. Plus it’s kind of a reward for allowing his contract to be restructured which let the REDS sign Cabrera and bring back Gomes. Rolen is a consumate team player.

  5. TC

    Go ahead Chad and say it. Second base. I’m getting to a point where I can bare it. Bill had a talk with me and set me straight last week.

  6. RiverCity Redleg

    The problem is that we will need a viable 3B option. Scott Rolen will not play everyday. Not this year, not next. As the “backup” 3B, utility, PH, he can easily get 350-400 ABs or more. I don’t think we need to get rid of anybody for Frazier to be valuable to this team.

    • Matt WI

      I was thinking along those lines myself. Could it be Sutton vs. Frazier for the utility role off the bench for 2010?

      The problem is that we will need a viable 3B option. Scott Rolen will not play everyday. Not this year, not next. As the “backup” 3B, utility, PH, he can easily get 350-400 ABs or more. I don’t think we need to get rid of anybody for Frazier to be valuable to this team.

  7. davidmp2

    Todd Frazier can be as valuable as Ryan Freel when healthy. I wouldn’t lock him down to any one position. He’s more valuable with the ability to play all over the field. If he can get 350 ABs, some in LF, some in RF, some at 3B some at 2B maybe a handful at SS, then that’s where he should be. He is far more valuable than Aaron Miles or Sutton. I’d keep him up to fill that role. I think it is where he is best suited. BP is still a helluva ball player in his prime, winning clubs don’t move a 20/20 gold glove second baseman for the “future.”

  8. Travis G.

    I’m not sure the trade market for Phillips will be as robust as everyone seems to think it will. To move him, the Reds need to find a team that a) needs a second baseman, and b) can absorb his salary. There aren’t all that many teams that fit those criteria.

    I’d like to see Frazier have pretty much same season Adam Rosales did last year (spend a month or two at Louisville before coming north and getting 250-350 AB as a super utility guy), except without all the sucking.