A_K wrote:If we play Machado at 3B for the next two years, he'll never play SS again and we will have effectively reduced the value of the best positional commodity that's come through the system in three decades. It would be a massive failure and it'd be hard not to attribute it to the short-term decision to bring him up for the playoff run.
I was fine with bringing him up to play third this year. But leaving him there long-term is one of two things: a) a strategic disaster, or b) an admission that they never believed he could play SS in the first place.
It was a question mark from the get go if Machado would even stick at SS when he was drafted. But your right, him playing above average SS and becoming a fine hitter from that position was a big part of his value. At 3B he will have to hit for a significantly larger threshold of power (25 HRs Annually) and be outstanding defensively for a very long time to balance that value.
This is also why drafting and developing position players at SS, CF and 2B is tough. Most players don't stick. Can Machado move over to SS in 2+ years time? No rule saying he can't, but it won't be easy to make the transition. He will have to want it and be dedicated to it.
It's too early to get derailed here with a discussion about draft philosophy. However, I will say that apart from SP prospects a team should target a SS, CF or 2B early each year in the draft. Hopefully this past years 3rd round choice Adrian Marin
really pays off and a move to SS for Machado doesn't sound like such a concern. Sadly it's way too early to tell.