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In theory, this sounds like genius, but in practice, it's not so simple.
Sure, Kyle Seager plays third and is naturally a second baseman, so he should have the range and arm to split the difference.
Well, I remember being in New York in 2004 when the Mets figured they could take their young prospect shortstop and move him to second to make room for Kaz Matsui. At the time, Jose Reyes was simply glad to be playing and made the switch—but it didn't last.
Reyes ended up injured early on and put together a terrible season that saw him take a step back following a promising rookie campaign.
Am I predicting doom for Seager with a possible switch?
No, but moving Seager, who is arguably the team's offensive MVP thus far in 2012, could be a huge mistake on a team looking to find some stability in both the short and long term.
In the short term, Seager at short frees up space for Alex Liddi to play third base, but what if this move messes with Seager's hitting?
Meanwhile, let's say the move works in the long term. What happens to Seager when Nick Franklin is ready?
Do you then have to trade one of them? It's not the worst problem to have, but this season, Seager has earned the benefit of the doubt in my mind and should stay with the team and at third base.