OK, I read the recent post calling for the trade of Teahen and the discussion that followed. I agreed with many of the points presented and disagreed with some as well.
The reason that I want to post this is because I feel I represent the average fan. I am not a big stats guy, I still rely mostly on the typical offensive stats of BA, HR, and RBI to judge a players performance. I have wondered many times this year about Mark Teahen and if the Royals should trade him. The guy doesn't hit for much power, his BA isn't much to write home about and he seems to ground out to second base at least a freakin' game!
That being said, I believe there is more to a player than his stats. I like to consider the presence the player brings to a clubhouse, the willingness to play through pain, and other intangibles that cannot be quantified. Mark Teahen is a guy that has a lot of intangibles. He is the type of player that I would want on my team. He plays hard, he runs the bases well (and no one can tell me that doesn't matter), he doesn't complain, and he can provide guidance for younger players. Simply put, the guy is a ball player.
With the possible price tag o f $3 million next year, I think Teahen would be worth the money for the service he can provide. Yes, the Royals need another power bat at the corner outfield position and I don't see this team being competitive with Teahen as a STARTER. But as a backup, the guy is almost invaluable. He can play all four corner positions. His defense in RF and at 1B is very respectable and his recent stint at 3B has been very solid. Plus, he could play LF if needed. Now, those are four positions, that one person could possibly fill in for if there is an injury or someone needs the day off. On top of that, he brings a left-handed bat in the lineup.
At least for right now and until someone else can prove their worth with that much versatility; I believe that he deserves a roster spot next year.