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Frandsen is not the solution to the Phillies' third-base dilemma
Chase Utley? Carlos Ruiz? Kevin Frandsen? Freddy Galvis? Ryne Sandberg?
With the exception of the 53-year-old Sandberg, who is the Phillies' new third base coach, and won't play the position, the Phillies are looking at Utley, Ruiz, Frandsen, and Galvis as potential fits at third base.
They'd be the wrong choices.
Moving Utley and Ruiz off of second base and catcher respectively, would create holes at each position. And who's to say the veterans would adjust well to the hot corner? It's a risk not worth taking.
Frandsen is who he is at this point--a career backup. Yes, he caught fire for a stretch late in 2012, but realistically he's a hitter with no pop, and he doesn't deserve a starting role.
As for Galvis, we don't know exactly who he is. Suspended for 50 games after injuring his back, the Phillies didn't have the opportunity to evaluate the defensive whiz over an entire season.
He can field, certainly, but a .254 OBP won't get it done at the major-league level. Galvis, like Frandsen, looks like another utility player to me.
So the in-house options are far from ideal. The Phillies have prospects Cody Asche and Maikel Franco at third base, but neither appears ready to play for a contending major-league team.
To call the free agent third-base options average would be an overstatement, and it will take a trade to bring in the third baseman the Phillies need.
Names like Mike Olt, Adrian Beltre, and Chase Headley have been floated, but each would come at a steep price.
How creative Ruben Amaro gets in his search for a new third baseman will be important, as there is no easy fix available.