Contestant #3: Kurt Suzuki
After signing a one-year deal with the Minnesota Twins this off-season, Suzuki has seen his batting average jump to over .300 for the first time in his career.
He’s hitting more groundballs than he has in five years and fewer flyballs than at any time in his career. His line drive rate is also a strong 23 percent, so the offense looks legit. If the Dodgers want a better offensive option behind the plate, Suzuki fills that role.
What The Twins Might Want: Chris Anderson, Scott Schebler
The Twins have a loaded farm system, but could still use plenty of help. A high upside guy like Anderson might appeal to them, while Schebler has more than held his own in Double-A this season.
What The Twins Might Take: Chris Reed, Scott Schebler
I really don’t think the initial offer is unreasonable. However, Anderson’s upside exceeds Reed’s, even though Anderson has further to go to reach it. Reed would give Minnesota more immediate help.
Deal or No Deal: NO DEAL
In looking over Suzuki’s numbers, I wanted to find out what kind of framer he is. Turns out, he’s not good. And not just not good, he’s the worst framer in the league.
Worse than A.J. Ellis. As much as I’d like to see more offense behind the plate, it would be too frustrating watching strikes become balls.
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