Don wrote:His bat does not profile for 1B, it is considered below replacement level because of the vast amount of unproductive outs in his game.
I do not feel that he is a liability at third with improvements with minor footwork. It sets him in a better position to throw, which was his biggest issue this season. He is working with a a former third baseman a few times this winter to improve. I think his reactions and glove easily are one of the better hands at that position.
I think he also has the athletic chops to play LF, but likely a moot point considering the log jam of players.
I do not honestly know how he transitions to DH. Guys start to think often while in the dugout and sometimes that wrecks their game. I would need to know if the mental aspect in his game is strong enough to stay focused and without clutter in the head. If he thinks too much, his production could take a serious hit and turn into a high priced liability on the bench.
So don't go after a 3B and play him at 1B? What are other options to play 1B after all- Chris Davis, who is worse? Do we re-sign Luke Scott, despite his injury tendencies? I'm not sure who they would get on the market, Carlos Pena? Reimold is playing left so thats a moot point.