Potentially Available Shortstops

The trade market for shortstops looks thin this summer. Here’s a closer look:

  • Marco Scutaro, Rockies – Scutaro figures to draw considerable interest because he can play second base and shortstop while contributing at the plate. Though he’s mostly playing second in Denver, he has considerable experience at shortstop, including 27 games at the position in 2012. The 36-year-old infielder has a .277/.329/.372 batting line in 2012. He earns $6MM this year and will hit free agency this coming offseason.
  • Willie Bloomquist, Diamondbacks – The Diamondbacks could consider offers for Bloomquist once John McDonald returns from the disabled list. Bloomquist, 34, has a .294/.324/.393 batting line and earns $1.9MM per season for 2012 and 2013. Now that Stephen Drew is back, Bloomquist is on the bench.
  • Cody Ransom, Brewers – The Brewers could trade Ransom if they become sellers this month. The infielder has a .214/.313/.403 batting line in 177 plate appearances so far this year and has played shortstop 32 times.
  • Brendan Ryan, Mariners – Teams might be willing to overlook Ryan's .187/.287/.276 slash line because of his reputation as a tremendous defender. He's earning $1.75MM this year and will be arbitration eligible this coming offseason.
  • Jamey Carroll, Twins – Carroll, 38, has a .234/.318/.278 batting line and more than $5MM remaining on his contract with Minnesota, so he wouldn’t have much trade value.
  • Jed Lowrie, Astros – Lowrie is essentially unavailable, Ken Rosenthal reported five days ago. The Dodgers recently asked about Lowrie, who has an impressive .254/.343/.461 batting line in his first season as a National Leaguer.
  • Rumors and speculation surrounded Starlin Castro early on this year, but it appears that the 22-year-old is staying put.

MLBTR started previewing the trade market last week with a look at potentially available catchers, first basemen, second basemen and third basemen.


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39 Comments on "Potentially Available Shortstops"


James Attwood
3 years 19 days ago

The Dbacks would be far more likely to get more for Drew than they would for Bloomquist, and Bloomquist is signed reasonably through next season. Drew’s time in AZ needs to be up. It simply makes no sense that they would trade Bloomquist (their spark plug) when the on-field and at the plate chemistry between him and J-Mac has been a winning combination.

3 years 19 days ago

Plus Bloomquist is signed through next season too, the dbacks would be looking for a new shortstop in a few months anyway when Drew leaves.

55saveslives
3 years 19 days ago

How is Cody Ransom still in the league???

melonis_rex
3 years 19 days ago

Jed Lowrie really looks like the prize here. The Astros should really sell high on him before injuries happen again.

johnsilver
3 years 19 days ago

Let’s have another obligatory.. “Where is the Punto recycle bin for free” post here, since Punto plays SS also and don’t think anyone still wants his 2/3m contract regardless.. Still.. he can play SS and his name was missing from the list.

ugotrpk3113
3 years 19 days ago

The same Punto I’m watching?

We’d have to add a top prospect in the deal for that team to take him..

ubercubsfan
3 years 19 days ago

I’m surprised the Cubs Darwin Barney isn’t listed.  He may be playing 2B right now, but his natural position, which he plays very well, is SS.  His offense is even more suited for SS than 2B anyways.

Dan Wohl
3 years 19 days ago

What makes one’s offense more suited to a particular defensive position versus another?

vtadave
3 years 19 days ago

If I guy brings a .280/.350/.425 skillset to the table, that’s pretty good for a middle infield role.  If he’s limited to first base or left field defensively, then he’s probably a borderline starter / backup type guy, as it’s far easier to find offense at 1B/LF than it is up the middle.

Dan Wohl
3 years 19 days ago

Yeah, I get the middle infield vs. 1B/corner OF thing, not really sure if SS vs 2B makes too much sense though.

Ben_Cherington
3 years 19 days ago

Because SS is on the left side of the infield

petrie000
3 years 19 days ago

because a good defensive SS can cover a lot of deficiencies in the overall infield, meaning you can survive with suspect defense at any of the other positions. This essentially allows a team to go for more offense at one or more of these positions.

I’m not entirely sure Barney’s got the range for a major league shortstop, but other than that he’s certainly got the hands for it.

Jason_F
3 years 19 days ago

Wouldn’t you agree that 2B typically, on average, have better offensive numbers than SS’s?

3 years 19 days ago

It’s probably just a relative rarity thing. It’s harder to find someone with the defensive skillset to play SS who also has offensive talent than it is to find someone with the defensive skillset to play 2B who also has offensive talent.

If you don’t have a Tulowitzki type at SS, who can cover for offensive weakness at another position, you need to find players who bring that offensive package to round out your lineup, and they’re more likely to exist at 2B than SS. As a result, you want your defensively versatile players at SS, so you aren’t competing for the relatively rarer combination of SS ability and strong hitting, and can acquire the somewhat more common strong hitter at 2B.

Lee Ferguson
3 years 19 days ago

I think you could add Yunel Escobar to this list. With Hechavarria performing well in AAA, Anthopoulos will probably explore the option.

3 years 19 days ago

 Totally agree, YE should definitely be available, especially with no stretch run in sight due to every arm on the team self imploding.

letsgonats
3 years 19 days ago

what about Espinosa of the Nats. Could he be traded too?  started as SS i believe.

3 years 19 days ago

Pirates should be asking DBacks about Drew, not Upton IMO

Nick Daniels
3 years 19 days ago

Ask the Rangers about Profar.  Profar for Taillon and another SP.

TheLoLgen
3 years 19 days ago

You’re not going to get Profar with Taillon and Cole, he’s untouchable for the Rangers

Jason_F
3 years 19 days ago

I highly doubt the Rangers would turn down two top prospects with ace potential for one shortstop top prospect. Not that it would ever be offered…

BrocNessMonster
3 years 19 days ago

Agree

Brandon Stubbs Calvert
3 years 19 days ago

Drew for lincoln? Haha since all the pirates fans want to low ball upton

3 years 19 days ago

I would add Jason Bartlett to the list.  He’s on the 60-day, but I’m sure the Padres will try and dump him when he returns.

GStill45
3 years 19 days ago

Mike Aviles should be available too. The Sox have Iglesias waiting in AAA and Pedro Ciriaco could get himself into the discussion for playing time as well.

ugotrpk3113
3 years 19 days ago

Don’t get crazy on Ciriaco. There’s a reason he’s been in AAA for this long.

But I agree – Aviles should be on this list, if the Red Sox were smart. I’m not sure his value is anything at this point (he would have been worth a more about 3 weeks ago), but it’s time to start the Iglesias era.

3 years 19 days ago

I would add Jason Bartlett to the list.  He’s currently on the 60-Day, but I’m sure the Padres will try and dump him any way possible.

Leonard Washington
3 years 19 days ago

I still can’t believe people thought Starlin was gonna actually be available. Kid is 22 and really good, he’s exactly the type of player you hold onto when rebuilding. Unless someone offered up 3 amazing near ready prospects it would make no sense to move him. 

petrie000
3 years 19 days ago

which is probably why Hoyer’s not dismissing it more strenuously… you never know, somebody might offer just that.

JakeD
3 years 18 days ago

Unless someone offers 2 Bundy-type pitchers, the Cubs won’t even consider leaving Castro. I doubt anybody even has/will want to offer that anyway.

petrie000
3 years 18 days ago

so do I. I see no realistic scenario in which the Cubs move Castro in the foreseeable future. My point is more that a team like the Cubs, who are making a significant overhaul of the entire organization, Shouldn’t be declaring anyone ‘unavailable’ when moving one piece can fix a lot of issues.

Tyler Jedrzejak
3 years 18 days ago

Willie B would be a great option for the braves would he not? AND he could fill in while Simmons is on the DL

esasc4
3 years 18 days ago

Always liked willie b. hope the braves make a move for him. He would give us a bat and glove at SS until simmons returns, then to the bench and wilson released. He can play the infield and corner positions. Cost about a 1mil for this season and 2mil for 2013.

Tyler Jedrzejak
3 years 14 days ago

it just seems like a win for the braves. not to mention werent they also looking to kind of fortify their bench. i think willie b. would be a great asset of the bench

3 years 18 days ago

I am extremely annoyed that Jack Wilson was left off this list. I consider Jack a better fielder than Brendan Ryan and when healthy (and he is) and given a chance to play every day (he isn’t), he has always been an All Star quality shortstop. The Pirates traded him into a nightmare situation as the Mariners basically buried him (changing leagues is not easy as even the Angels’ Very Expensive first baseman can tell you) and the Braves haven’t been any better. Almost no ballplayer can thrive getting one at bat a month – if Jack were given a chance to play on a regular or semi-regular basis, there is no doubt in my mind that he could hit .270 or better, as well as providing stellar defense. And while it may not count in the box score, Jack is a team leader, a mentor and one of baseball’s most dedicated players when it comes to community service. He deserves a chance to play.

DK8
3 years 15 days ago

 I have no doubt that his OBP would be south of .270 even if he played every day of the week and twice on Sunday.

Worgistotle
3 years 15 days ago

How about throwing Y. Escobar into the mix. Jays can then call Heccheverria and see what the kid is made of…Jays need an arm, Jurrjens perhaps?

sn123107
3 years 14 days ago

Y. Escobar is a cancer in the clubhouse and the Braves would be foolish to trade a bag of baseballs for him, much less a pitcher in Jurrjens who seems to be righting the ship so-to-speak. 

Tyler Jedrzejak
3 years 14 days ago

oh god please not julio lugo again