Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Hot Stove Talk: Domonic Brown
By Richard Durrett
Was Domonic Brown's 2013 season a sign of things to come or just an aberration?
Note: As Richard Durrett heads to Orlando (he's slated to arrive around lunch time today), let's take a look at some of the names being floated about at Disney World this week and how they could apply to the Texas Rangers.
Because so many of you asked about Brown on Twitter, we'll feature him here. Reports are that the Philadelphia Phillies are dangling Brown and Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports says the Phillies want controllable, young pitching.
Brown, 26, hit .272 with 27 homers and 83 RBIs last season, by far the best of his young career. The left-handed hitter started nearly equally in the Nos. 4, 5 and 6 spots in the lineup. He has four more seasons of team control (and is arbitration-eligible after next season). Brown is not considered a solid defender and he hit much better against righties than lefties (showing more power against righties as well).
Why he makes sense: You're talking about a longer-term solution at an affordable price in terms of salary. He's young enough that if 2013 was just the beginning -- a breakout year with the ability to become more -- he could blossom into a solid, everyday player. And it wouldn't be any sort of one- or two-year deal. It's worth noting that Shin-Soo Choo's splits last year were even wider than Brown's as he hit better against righties than lefties as well.
Why he doesn't make sense: He doesn't have the track record of a Shin-Soo Choo and isn't as good defensively. And the Rangers would likely have to part with one of their young starters under contract, something they are going to be hesitant to do now that they have the rotation set and under control for at least the next few years (and beyond, in most cases).
Bottom line: It's another intriguing outfield option should the bidding for Choo get too high. But it comes down to what the Phillies might be asking and if the Rangers want to trade Brown's bat for his defensive inefficiencies.