Bartlett vs 2011 SS Market

Seeing recent headlines of both Bartlett and Scutaro on the trade market, I wanted to see how these two compare to a relatively weak FA crop available on the open market & what kind of a return they might bring.

Here is how the 2011 SS Market shapes up:

Free Agents with atleast cummulative 5 WAR over last 3 years:

Player, Age (2008 WAR, 2009 WAR, 2010 WAR)

- Derek Jeter, 37 (3.7, 7.1, 2.5) - Type A, should sign with Yankees

- Miguel Tejada, 37 (3.3, 2.8, 1.3) - Type A, will Padres risk Arbitration offer?

- Juan Uribe, 31 (0.2, 2.8, 3.2)

- Orlando Cabrera, 36 (3.5, 0.8, 1.3)

- Jerry Hairston, 35 (2.6, 0.9, 1.9)

- Nick Punto, 33 (2.5, 1.3, 1.4)

- Hiroyuki Nakajimi, 28 (Japan)

Available via Trade:

- Jason Bartlett, 31 (1.8, 4.9, 0.7) - Arb3, 2010 Contract $4mil

- Marco Scutaro, 35 (3.1, 4.3, 2.1) - 2011 $5.5 mil + $1.5 mil 2012 buyout

Breaking Down the Market

Beyond Jeter, who will likely sign with the Yankees for some absurd contract paying for past production, it looks like Uribe is the best option for a team looking for a SS, as he would just require $ and not player or draft pick compensation in return.

After these two, the Rays and the Red Sox seem poised to pounce on a weak SS market offering up Bartlett and Scutaro with Brignac and Lowrie waiting in the wings.

Both the Rays and the Red Sox seem to be shopping their SS for bullpen help.

What could the Rays expect in return?

The Process Report noted the Rays had discussed a Bartlett for David Hernandez deal with the Orioles.

Given the departure of Joaquin Benoit, the likely departure of FA Rafael Soriano, and the uncertain future of FA's Grant Balfour & Randy Choate adding a high upside, cost controlled arm could make sense.

If a potential non-tender candidate like Barmes can net a high upside arm like Felipe Paulino, could Friedman turn Bartlett into one of the following?

- Cincinnati (Nick Massett, Bill Bray)

- San Fransico (Sergio Romo, Dan Runzler)

- Baltimore (David Hernandez, Jim Johnson, Kam Mickolio)

- San Diego (Joe Thatcher)

- St Louis (Jason Motte, Kyle McClellan)

- Pittsburgh (Evan Meek, Joel Hanrahan)

Who would you target? Who do you think is the best fit? Who sounds realistic?

This post was written by a member of the DRaysBay community and does not necessarily express the views or opinions of DRaysBay staff.

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