The Shortstop Market

Many shortstops are having disappointing seasons, at least offensively.  What does the trade market offer at this position?

  • Jack Wilson, Pirates.  He’s set to come off the DL tomorrow following a calf strain. Given the performance of his replacements, the Bucs may hang on to Wilson for the sake of respectability. Plus, they’re not out of contention.  Wilson is signed through ’09 and has a limited no-trade clause.
  • Alex Gonzalez, Reds.  If Jeff Keppinger can return in late June and Gonzalez is ready in July, he could be dealt.  It’d be tough – he’s signed through ’09.
  • Cristian Guzman, Nationals.  Impending free agent, hitting decently…good candidate for a trade.
  • Bobby Crosby, Athletics.  The A’s always seem willing to listen, but they’d need to determine Crosby’s replacement.
  • Edgar Renteria, Tigers.  At 6.5 games out, the Tigers aren’t ready to throw in the towel.  Renteria’s $11MM option for ’09 is not a lock, by the way.
  • Julio Lugo, Red Sox.  He’s not exactly a hot commodity. 
  • Omar Vizquel, Giants.  They may play the "let’s stay somewhat respectable at short" card and choose to keep him.
  • David Eckstein, Blue Jays.  Perhaps if they fall out of contention and Eckstein returns successfully from a strained right hip flexor.
  • Brent Lillibridge, Braves.  Could be one of the team’s best trade chips, though he’s not hitting in Triple A.
  • Khalil Greene, Padres.  Off to a slow start offensively, and the Padres would need to acquire a replacement.  Signed through ’09.
  • Ronny Cedeno, Cubs.  Could be a very valuable trade piece, but also may be the team’s shortstop of the future.


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