Operating under the safe assumption Derek Jeter re-signs with the Yankees, who's the best available free agent shortstop after the season? As usual, it's an unimpressive group. 2011 age is in parentheses.
- Orlando Cabrera (36) - He's got a $4MM mutual option with a buyout of $500K or $1MM depending on who declines. Whether you're looking for offense or defense, Cabrera's numbers don't impress.
- Adam Everett (34) – Everett still has defensive skills, but his bat deteriorated to the point that the Tigers recently designated him for assignment.
- Alex Gonzalez (33) – He hit for good power in the season's first month, and might be doing enough to get his $2.5MM option picked up by the Blue Jays after the season.
- Cesar Izturis (31) – He's a defense-first type, at least in reputation, and a big negative with the bat.
- Edgar Renteria (35) – He's currently on the DL with a hamstring injury, but at least holds a .372 OBP for now. The Giants are unlikely to exercise his $10.5MM option, making him a tolerable choice in a poor class.
- Jose Reyes (28) – He's been lousy this season, but at least appears healthy. The Mets would be hard-pressed to decline his $11MM option.
- Juan Uribe (31) – Not the ideal defensive shortstop anymore, but he's hit well since returning to the NL last year. Uribe might be the best stopgap shortstop available on the free agent market.
- Felipe Lopez (31) – Like Uribe, he's a solid, versatile bat who can pass as a shortstop if needed.
- Cristian Guzman, Nick Punto, and Miguel Tejada aren't playing shortstop this year, but could potentially be moved back for 2011 if a team is so inclined.