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His career OPS is higher than many if not most of the regular third basemen—higher than Juan Uribe, Kyle Seager, Chase Headley, David Freese, Todd Frazier, Brett Lawrie, Pedro Alvarez, Placido Polanco, Will Middlebrooks or Conor Gillaspie.
Moustakas’ career age is 7 years lower than Betemit’s, 32 to 25. Think about it. . .
I like Betemit, always have - but this is silly. Not a lot of guys get longstanding regular gigs as okay hitters (career OPS+ of 104) with bad defense (below average range, error prone) and a giant platoon split. Rather, I can see an expanded role for him in the 80s, maybe, when teams platooned more, but he's doesn't offer enough as an everyday guy for most teams to plan for that (rather than settle for it) if they want to carry a large pitching staff. He is a guy I wouldn't have minded having on my roster, though...
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