Polanco has spent parts of 3 or so seasons in the majors now and we have only seen his performance regress as he gets further into his career. He's on a similar trajectory to that of Danny Santana, who had proven to be expendable.
He leads the team in errors (although SS is a more error prone position) and has the worst fielding pct on the team outside of Robbie Grossman, which is not saying much. Although he got off to a solid start this season in the field, he has started trending back to what we all expected him to be in the field; a liability. His preparation and set-up for ground balls is downright lackadaisical and its visible to anyone who's coached or played short at a competitive level. His arm is just fine, but his footwork stinks and hands are even worse.
Plus fielding shortstops are vital to a good team, but even Polanco's performance would be slightly easier to muster if he was producing at a high level at the plate. Well he's doing just the opposite! Lowest OBP on the team, average that's soon to dip below .220, and he's providing zero power. No plan of attack, looks slightly lost up there (that's being generous), and he's either making quiet outs or striking out.
Now, numbers would indicate Buxton has shown similar struggles at the plate, but his situation is different in so many ways...
1) He's a hands-down a gold glover.
2) Has trending upwards in just about every offensive aspect
3) Still extremely young and has a lot more development left in him (he will figure it out).
4) Is emerging into a leader. More lead by example now but is growing into a more vocal role.
Polanco is struggling big time, is pretty much who he is by this point in his career, and displays zero leadership abilities that makes him with keeping around as a regular in the lineup. They could simply wait it out until Gordon is ready and stick with Polanco, but I don't think they can afford to because of how much Polanco hurts the team.
A- Put Escobar at SS until Nick Gordon is ready to stick (figure anytime in between September and mid-summer next year)
B- Call Nick Gordon up if you think he's close to ready and take a chance knowing that he could have success and stick right away, and even if he likely has some growing pains, knowing he's ready to take on the challenge and work through them as he finds his way in the bigs.
C- Leverage a minor trade without mortgaging big-time prospects and find a servicable interim shortstop.
D- Not a huge fan of this, but maybe use a platoon system if need be.
Sorry for the lengthy write-up, but I think it's certainly a relevant topic to be discussing. What do yall think?
Edited by Suicide Skweez, 14 July 2017 - 07:50 PM.