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2014 Shortstop Rankings

Monday, July 22, 2013

Here are some very preliminary 2014 shortstop rankings for your perusal. Try not to take the lists all too seriously; I haven't actually done projections for any of these players and many, many changes will be in store for the first official rankings in January.


These aren't true keeper rankings, since only the 2014 season is being taken into consideration here. But if you're looking to make trades in keeper leagues in the coming weeks, I hope this piece will help you along.



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2014 Shortstop Rankings




  • Several high-profile teams will have decisions to make at shortstop this winter:


Yankees: Jeter has a $9.5 million player option for next year that includes a $3 million payout if he declines it. I'm assuming he's back with the Yankees one way or another, but is he really a realistic option as a starting shortstop at age 40? The final two months will be telling.


Red Sox: Iglesias' emergence this season will allow the Red Sox to let Drew depart in free agency. However, Bogaerts could quickly push Iglesias if Iglesias reverts to previous form offensively.


Dodgers: How much longer does it really make sense to stick with Hanley as a shortstop, especially with third base sitting there as a glaring hole going forward? Of course, it'd be a lot easier to make the switch if Gordon didn't look so clueless sometimes.


Mets: Tejeda was a major bust this year, but is still just 23 years old. On the other hand, his ceiling is pretty limited. Does it make sense to spend for an upgrade in what will likely be another losing season? I'm skeptical.


Tigers: Peralta is a free agent and the Tigers could really use someone with more range playing next to Miguel Cabrera at third base.


Cardinals: Kozma, Descalso and Ryan Jackson all appear to be fringe regulars at best. On the other hand, they're cheap and it's possible to cobble together an adequate SS situation from the group, preserving money to be spent elsewhere.


  • There are also a few big wild cards that could make the mix a lot more interesting:


Orioles: Manny Machado is overqualified to play third base and Hardy, who is as good of a bet for 2014 as any free agent shortstop on the market, could bring back a nice piece in a trade. But do the Orioles want to mess with what's working?


Cubs: The Cubs committed $60 million to Castro last year, but he's been a terribly frustrating player ever since, and now it looks like their No. 1 prospect, Javier Baez, may forgo the anticipated move to third base and stick at shortstop. The Cubs can't give Castro away, but if someone steps up with a quality offer, they'll have to consider it. Since Baez probably won't be ready until 2015 anyway, the Cubs don't need to rush into anything.


Indians: It'd probably be best for the Indians' chances in 2014 if they stick with Asdrubal as their shortstop and let him walk as a free agent at season's end, making room for Lindor, but if someone steps up and offers two choice prospects, it'll be tough to resist. Lindor might be ready early next season anyway. He's still a ways off offensively, but his defense could make him a decent regular right away.


  • Other teams that could be in the market for shortstops include the Rays, A's, Mariners, Pirates and Astros. The Rays will probably pick up Escobar's $5 million option. The A's (Lowrie) and Mariners (Miller) both have to decide if their current shortstops wouldn't be more valuable at easier positions.



1 Hanley Ramirez Dodgers 6 2
2 Troy Tulowitzki Rockies 1 1
3 Jose Reyes Blue Jays 2 4
4 Jean Segura Brewers 26 3
5 Ian Desmond Nationals 7 5
6 Asdrubal Cabrera Indians 5 6
7 Starlin Castro Cubs 3 11
8 Everth Cabrera Padres 16 8
9 Elvis Andrus Rangers 4 9
10 Alcides Escobar Royals 14 12
11 Erick Aybar Angels 8 14
12 Jimmy Rollins Phillies 10 10
13 Andrelton Simmons Braves 15 24
14 Alexei Ramirez White Sox 13 17
15 Jhonny Peralta   22 13
16 Jed Lowrie Athletics 18 16
17 J.J. Hardy Orioles 19 15
18 Derek Jeter * 12 19
19 Brad Miller Mariners NR 21
20 Xander Bogaerts Red Sox 102 NR
21 Stephen Drew   21 20
22 Didi Gregorius Diamondbacks 56 28
23 Yunel Escobar * 25 26
24 Brandon Crawford Giants 34 27
25 Zack Cozart Reds 23 25
26 Jose Iglesias Red Sox 93 31
27 Dee Gordon Dodgers 28 57
28 Josh Rutledge Rockies 11 23
29 Mike Aviles Indians 33 34
30 Rafael Furcal   NR NR
31 Daniel Descalso Cardinals 39 35
32 Adeiny Hechavarria Marlins 36 38
33 Hak-Ju Lee Rays 88 NR
34 Eduardo Nunez Yankees 27 44
35 Pedro Florimon Jr. Twins 60 40
36 Jordy Mercer Pirates 86 32
37 Maicer Izturis Blue Jays 30 33
38 Pete Kozma Cardinals 32 37
39 Jonathan Villar Astros 96 NR
40 Francisco Lindor Indians 100 NR
41 Ruben Tejada Mets 24 39
42 Chris Owings Diamondbacks NR NR
43 Hiroyuki Nakajima Athletics 38 NR

Matthew Pouliot is the Executive Editor of and has been doing the site's baseball projections for the last 10 years. Follow him on Twitter @matthewpouliot.
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