Re: A Realistic Look at 2012: Part II
posted at 4/25/2012 8:57 AM EDT
...I have never been a big Middlebrooks fan but we all should just admit it when we are wrong and revise our assessments given new information when it is available. The guy can field and it now appears the guy has turned into a real solid hitter. He still doesn't have a lot of plate discipline but neither did Mike Lowell and that type of hitter sometimes slots real well at # 6 or 7 in the lineup, behind lots of .400 OBP guys. Lowell had 120 RBI one year for us as a similar profile guy.
So why trade him for god's sake? Well, what do we do with him if he's stuck behind Youk? If Youk puts up 20 HR and an OBP close to .380 again at 3rd that is tough to replace. Again, Middlebrooks is a real solid fielder making him a very valuable prospect if his bat continues to produce. He's a solid all around prospect, almost a prototypical 3rd base guy. But we also have 2 more tremendous 3rd base prospects behind him. Possibly our top 3 prospects are 3rd baseman potentially ( depending on how this year goes ). Bogaerts is considered right behin Middlebrooks on the prospect list already, and he is only 19 or so. And performing consistently well at every level.
I really doubt they trade Middlebrooks and neither would I probably but if the deal is right in baseball, I'd trade my mother! For the right deal, I'd trade Middlebrooks. I doubt if that right deal comes up though. Lots of talent evaluators are starting to look at Middlebrooks as an elite guy though now. He has always been a solid fielding guy with a great arm. If he starts putting up 30 HR type numbers and a high average, he's worth a small fortune at the hot corner. Maybe we could pick up the best power hitting RF prospect in baseball, for example, or a stud pitching prospect. Middlebrooks is worth a lot right now especially for some team which loses it's 3rd baseman to injury for the year, or a team looking to build around such a prospect....
For example, is Middlebrooks potentially the centerpiece in a deal for a #3 starter even, especially if the guy costs some team $10 mil or so and they want to dump some salary at mid year? Absolutely. Middlebrooks alone would potentially get that sort of deal done. A Garza or similar level guy. In the right situation, maybe we would do such a deal.
I couldn't agree more, boom.
How about MIddlebrooks, Bowden, Anderson, and Salty for Floyd and Thorton.