Trade Market For Second Basemen

In our post on the free agent market for second basemen, we named nine clubs that may be looking for help at the position this offseason but only a handful of solid regulars.  Let's see how the trade market changes the supply.

Big Contracts

Chone Figgins (at least $26MM through 2013), Luis Castillo ($6MM in 2011), Carlos Guillen ($13MM in 2011), and Dan Uggla ($10MM+ in 2011) fill our well-compensated bracket of second base trade candidates.  The Mariners moved Figgins from third to second base this year, and he posted a .259 batting average but still drew 74 walks.  He could be swapped for another undesirable contract.  Castillo is owed less and was pretty good in 2009, but carries a negative reputation.  Guillen, who logged 393 innings at second this year, is viewed by Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski as a "jack of all trades."  That's a pricey utility man, and his stock is further depressed by September knee surgery.

Uggla is included here but is not necessarily available.  Perhaps he will be if the Marlins fail to extend him.

Utility Types

Jamey Carroll ($1.8MM), Skip Schumaker ($2.7MM), and Tony Abreu are utility types who can probably be had.  Carroll posted a career-best .379 OBP this year.  Abreu has crushed Pacific Coast League pitching in recent years, but hasn't performed in the bigs for Arizona.

Non-Tender Candidates

As mentioned in the free agent post, Jose Lopez, Ryan Theriot, Clint Barmes, Mike Fontenot, Willy Aybar, and Jeff Baker are non-tender candidates and therefore trade candidates.  In the cases of Lopez, Theriot, Barmes, and Aybar, teams can just wait for the December 2nd non-tender deadline unless they would prefer to avoid competition from other free agent bidders.  Fontenot and Baker could be tendered contracts.

Summary

I don't expect the Marlins to move Uggla this winter.  Unless they do, the trade market adds only a few bad contracts and utility men to the second base hot stove picture.



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