Trade Market: Second Basemen

Next up in our Trade Market series, second basemen.  We analyzed free agents at the position here.

  • Dan Uggla, Marlins.  Uggla is currently neck-and-neck with Hanley Ramirez as the best-paid Marlin, and that puts the second baseman on the trading block.  Uggla's 2010 salary has yet to be determined since he's arbitration-eligible, but it'll be a raise from this year's $5.35MM.  That Chris Coghlan came up as a second baseman only increases the chance of an Uggla trade.  As a perennial 30-home run bat, Uggla should be good value next year even with shaky defense.  Uggla might be a consideration at third base for some clubs, though he hasn't played the position since 2005 in the minors.
  • Luis Castillo, Mets.  A year ago the Mets seemingly wanted to unload Castillo badly.  After this year's .387 OBP, the rumors quieted.  Castillo is still owed $12MM over two years.
  • Akinori Iwamura, Rays.  Iwamura faces a $4.85MM club option with a $550K buyout.  If the Rays are confident in their ability to trade him, they could exercise the option.  We discussed Iwamura in-depth here.
  • Kelly Johnson, Braves.  We learned earlier this month that the Braves might look to trade Johnson before December's non-tender deadline.  Johnson lost his starting job to Martin Prado in July and suffered a wrist injury shortly thereafter.  He earned $2.825MM this year and is arbitration-eligible again.  He could be a great pickup if he returns to his .800 OPS ways of 2007-08.
  • Mike Fontenot, Cubs.  Fontenot seems likely to fall just short of the Super Two cutoff, making it an easier decision for the Cubs to retain him.  It also makes him more attractive to other clubs.  Fontenot struggled with regular playing time this year after posting a .909 OPS in 284 plate appearances in '08.
  • Aaron Miles, Cubs.  The Cubs could potentially release Miles or eat his contract and trade him for nothing.  He's coming off a .185/.224/.242 performance and is owed $2.7MM in 2010.  Miles dealt with shoulder and elbow injuries this year.

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