I completely reject the notion that defense is all you need at any particular position, such as SS or C. At every position, the analysis is the same: does this guy add more runs with his bat than he subtracts with his glove (or vice versa). Derek Jeter is widely regarded a poor defensive SS but he was an excellent hitter and his teams were way better off having him than not. Ditto Mike Piazza at C. Those are extreme examples but there are dozens if not hundreds of other examples. Some fans are offended by players or teams that are good with the bat but below average with the glove, but I say, whatever works. The Dodgers were a -15.3 defensive team this year, per Fangraphs. 23rd of 30 teams. Think their fans care?
Yeah... his career numbers at SS are pretty awful.. particularly last year
But he's a passable fielder for his career
.995 in 330 innings at 2B
.960 in 170 innings at 3B
If he can mash 32+ it's probably worth it