Friday, September 18, 2009

Free Agent Market: Shortstops

Some impact shortstops become available as free agents this offseason.

OBP leaders: Defensive wiz Harry Bolivar (.350) leads a group of free agent shortstops that is light on table setters. Marc Cintron (.344), Ron Leon (.344- mutual option) and mashers Rico Estrada (.333) and Corey Green (.331) are the rest of the top 5.

SLG leaders: Future Hall of Famer Corey Green (.519) will resume his pursuit of 500 HR somewhere besides Sioux Falls next season. Ron Leon (.488), Rico Estrada (.485), Steven Grilli (.475) and Ryan Saberhagen (.475) are the other big sluggers.

Defense: Harry Bolivar is the best defender in this group, although his only career Gold Glove was for his play in CF six seasons ago. Cuban defector Tomas Castillo still shows solid range and could be an asset off the bench for someone. Grilli, Green and Estrada are all solid, if unspectacular, defenders. John Simpson has 3 Gold Gloves in his trophy case, although he is slowing with age.

Two to watch: Besides the big stars, the most interesting players will be Ron Leon and Ryan Saberhagen. If these men are signed as 3Bs instead of SS, it may make the SS market very top heavy and potentially more expensive.

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