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    Alex Castellanos DFAd by Red Sox

    He's a 27 year old corner OF/2B/3B who has hit .900+ OPS in both AA (SL & TL) and AAA (@ ABQ) and features a .386/.382 OBP at those levels. Hits for power and can steal a few bases.

    Seems like an upgrade over some of the current rosterees, both at the plate and w/ his positional flexibility.

    Any thoughts?
    Last edited by jokin; 12-12-2013 at 07:09 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jokin View Post
    He's a 27 year old corner OF/2B/3B who has hit .900+ OPS
    I see that until his age-25 season you couldn't really say the same about his 3B fielding percentage.

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    Maybe an upgrade, maybe not. 40th person on a roster. Sort of like Julio Borbon. I would rather they worry about upgrading the third outfielder, not the sixth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ashburyjohn View Post
    I see that until his age-25 season you couldn't really say the same about his 3B fielding percentage.
    It's hard to be worse than Plouffe at 3B.

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    If Parmelee & Mastrioanni werent already on the roster I'd have interst.

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    I'd think the right-handed Colabello would need to be released. They look pretty similar though Colabello stuck out less in the minors, which hasn't translated well to the majors.

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    Trying to keep up with the Tigers' new Castellanos (Nick, no relation)?

    If we're ready to cut bait on or trade any of our corner OF/1B/DH types (Parmelee, Colabello, Willingham, Doumit if he's not slated to catch much, Plouffe if he's not expected to stick at 3B much longer), this Castellanos might be worth a look.

    But this isn't necessarily a rare opportunity -- fringe corner guys like this are regularly available if you have a 40-man roster spot for them. Parmelee and Colabello might join that group if we sign another FA or if they don't make the squad of out spring training.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jokin View Post
    It's hard to be worse than Plouffe at 3B.
    Among the 20 qualified hitters who played at 3B:
    Based on UZR/150, there were 4 (Chris Johnson, Ryan Zimmerman, Miguel Cabrera, David Freese) equal or worse than Plouffe,
    Based on RZR there were 9 worse than Plouffe
    Based on DRS there were also 9 worse than Plouffe

    So about 1/3 of the players who played 3rd base last season enough to qualify, objectively are worse than Plouffe
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thrylos View Post
    Among the 20 qualified hitters who played at 3B:
    Based on UZR/150, there were 4 (Chris Johnson, Ryan Zimmerman, Miguel Cabrera, David Freese) equal or worse than Plouffe,
    Based on RZR there were 9 worse than Plouffe
    Based on DRS there were also 9 worse than Plouffe

    So about 1/3 of the players who played 3rd base last season enough to qualify, objectively are worse than Plouffe
    D/P
    Last edited by jokin; 12-13-2013 at 03:20 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thrylos View Post
    Among the 20 qualified hitters who played at 3B:
    Based on UZR/150, there were 4 (Chris Johnson, Ryan Zimmerman, Miguel Cabrera, David Freese) equal or worse than Plouffe,
    Based on RZR there were 9 worse than Plouffe
    Based on DRS there were also 9 worse than Plouffe

    So about 1/3 of the players who played 3rd base last season enough to qualify, objectively are worse than Plouffe
    Like I said, when you're throwing Miggie as a comp to make Plouffie look better, you are confirming how truly bad Plouffie is in the field. I think we can agree that being in the bottom third of 3Bs is a pretty awful group to belong to, and "objectivity" and defensive rankings are a demonstrably sketchy category to begin with- as SABRmetricians are the first to admit that one year's worth of data is not very meaningful, certainly not statistically significant, even if it is "objective".

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