The Second Baseman Market Revisited

Let’s take another pass at the market for second basemen.

  • Brian Roberts, Orioles.  After so many offseason Cubs rumors, there’s been no recent buzz around Roberts.  The O’s don’t look like contenders, so trading him still makes sense.
  • Ray Durham, Giants.  The resurgent Durham sits at .293/.385/.414 in 304 plate appearances.  The Giants should be listening; there was a rumor the Brewers were interested.
  • Mark Grudzielanek, Royals.  He wants to play two or three more years.  Should provide about the same value as Durham.
  • Mark Ellis, Athletics.  He may not be available, as extension talks are expected.
  • Jamey Carroll, Indians.  More of a utility guy, shouldn’t take much to acquire him.
  • Tadahito Iguchi, Padres.  Might not return from a separated shoulder until August, but he could still be traded then.
  • Ronny Cedeno, Cubs.  The team’s seldom-used backup shortstop.  Young, unproven, and source of way too much debate at MLBTR.
  • Mark Loretta, Astros.  No real use for him now with Kaz Matsui back.
  • Juan Uribe, White Sox.  We keep waiting for the Sox to jettison Uribe, but they haven’t done it.  Price can’t be too high.
  • Esteban German, Royals.  If they’re not going to play him, they might as well trade him.  Showed OBP skills in 2006-07.
  • Felipe Lopez, Nationals.  He’s rocking a .620 OPS.  The Orioles rumors have died down.

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