Yesterday, I went over this offseason’s free agent catchers, first basemen, and third basemen. Today, the middle infielders.
|Placido Polanco||DET||PHI||3||$18 M|
|Orlando Hudson||LAD||MIN||1||$5 M|
|Freddy Sanchez||SF||SF||2||$12 M|
Notable Remaining Free Agents: Felipe Lopez (MIL)
The thing that really stood out to me about the 2B free agents was the fact that Hudson, for a second year in a row, had to wait until nearly Spring Training to find a job. Minnesota is a good fit for him, as he’ll probably slot in near the top of the order and provide some excellent defense up the middle. I also thought it was interesting that Polanco decided to go to Philadelphia, and change positions to move to 3B to do so. I also wonder how much longer Felipe Lopez will be available as a free agent. He seems like too good of a player to still be without a job of some sort, especially considering his ability to play multiple positions in the infield.
|Marco Scutaro||TOR||BOS||2||$12 M|
|Orlando Cabrera||MIN||CIN||1||$3 M|
Shortstop was extremely shallow this offseason. Miguel Tejada was available to play shortstop, but it became clear that no one believed he can be a starting major league shortstop any longer. Beyond Scutaro and Cabrera, nearly all the remaining players who could play shortstop were backups, or simply defensive specialists. Scutaro’s $12 M contract was easily the largest, both in terms of years and dollars. Clearly, by signing Scutaro, the Red Sox decided that they don’t believe Jed Lowrie is a Major League shortstop, either. Cabrera surprises me again this season, as he had a season that was pretty consistent with his career averages, and yet somehow continues to have difficulty finding a job via free agency.
Tomorrow’s free agent positional review: The Outfielders