...is moving Michael Barrett to 3rd base. Why? Offensively, he would be below average, and most likely a well below average defender.
If you project Barrett's offensive number through his 61 games played, up to 80 games (which would be a reasonable number out of the Cubs 83 games played thus far), they would look like this:
At this point his Average, OBP, and Slugging are much higher than career levels:
Ave: .305 compared to career .266
OBP: .371 compared to career .324
Slug: .502 compared to career .426
Therefore, regression to the mean leads me to believe that the normal Michael Barrett season would be closer to .290 ave, .350 OBP, .475 Slugging, and I may be generous with those numbers.
So, let's look at the 3b's who've put up those types of numbers so far this year. That means Michael Barrett at 3B would be comparable to:
Melvin Mora without any speed.
Ty Wiggington with LESS power and better ave/obp.
Mike Lowell without the gold glove
Corey Koskie right on the nose
Simply put, I agree that Michael Barrett maybe shouldn't be our catcher, but I strongly disagree that he is a worthwhile 3B.