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)
- 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.
What could the Rays expect in return?
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 Diego (Joe Thatcher)
Who would you target? Who do you think is the best fit? Who sounds realistic?