Made you look.
I'll let Tim Dierkes do the work for me. I wrote last week about our lack of infield options to replace what has been a pretty lackluster crew thus far. Over at MLB trade Rumors Dierkes is doing specials on players who might be available for trades this summer. So without further ado here's the 2B and SS lists he made.
Is your team weak at second base? Perhaps you've been suffering through Asdrubal Cabrera and his .506 OPS? Take a gander at MLBTR's list of available second basemen, and make a deal. Are we missing anyone?
- Brian Roberts, Orioles. There have been rumblings that Roberts may be off the market. He should be available come July, though. The asking price will be high.
- Ray Durham, Giants. Sure, you can have him. The power's gone, but he does have a .366 OBP. Since Durham makes $7.5MM, this will just be a salary dump.
- Ronny Cedeno, Cubs. Cedeno can handle short, too. He seems to be progressing and could be a nice trade chip for the Cubs. Mike Fontenot might be more expendable, though, since he can't play short.
- Mark Grudzielanek, Royals. Same old Grudzielanek, hitting his standard .300. He's earning $4MM this year.
- Tadahito Iguchi, Padres. Seemed rejuvenated by last year's trade, maybe it'll happen again.
- Mark Ellis, Athletics. Impending free agent, fine defense. He's a borderline Type A free agent, so it'd take something decent to acquire him.
- Felipe Lopez and Ron Belliard, Nationals. Neither is doing much with the bat.
- Mark Loretta, Astros. He's more expendable now that Kaz Matsui is back. They might want to keep him around until Ty Wigginton settles in.
- Juan Uribe, White Sox. He was placed on waivers in March, and was a rumored possible cut earlier this month.
Many shortstops are having disappointing seasons, at least offensively. What does the trade market offer at this position?
- Jack Wilson, Pirates. He's set to come off the DL tomorrow following a calf strain. Given the performance of his replacements, the Bucs may hang on to Wilson for the sake of respectability. Plus, they're not out of contention. Wilson is signed through '09 and has a limited no-trade clause.
- Alex Gonzalez, Reds. If Jeff Keppinger can return in late June and Gonzalez is ready in July, he could be dealt. It'd be tough - he's signed through '09.
- Cristian Guzman, Nationals. Impending free agent, hitting decently...good candidate for a trade.
- Bobby Crosby, Athletics. The A's always seem willing to listen, but they'd need to determine Crosby's replacement.
- Edgar Renteria, Tigers. At 6.5 games out, the Tigers aren't ready to throw in the towel. Renteria's $11MM option for '09 is not a lock, by the way.
- Julio Lugo, Red Sox. He's not exactly a hot commodity.
- Omar Vizquel, Giants. They may play the "let's stay somewhat respectable at short" card and choose to keep him.
- David Eckstein, Blue Jays. Perhaps if they fall out of contention and Eckstein returns successfully from a strained right hip flexor.
- Brent Lillibridge, Braves. Could be one of the team's best trade chips, though he's not hitting in Triple A.
- Khalil Greene, Padres. Off to a slow start offensively, and the Padres would need to acquire a replacement. Signed through '09.
- Ronny Cedeno, Cubs. Could be a very valuable trade piece, but also may be the team's shortstop of the future.
So what do you guys think? Anyone who catches your eye? Some of these are obviously dependent on a team falling out of contention by trade deadline time but some teams are more likely to do that. I'm not even saying the Twins should make a trade but let's say we're still within a few games of the division come July and our Middle infield is still lacking. Would they give up some mid level prospects for a rent a player. Heck, with the Twins lack of great middle infield depth in the system it wouldn't be the worst thing in the world to go after a younger guy like Cedeno who seems to be on the rise or Lillibridge who showed promise last year.