Possible Shortstop Trade Options

Free agent middle infield signings have been bizarre this off season with border line bench guys receiving good sized pay checks and multi-year deals.* This really makes things annoying for the Braves who would love to sign a shortstop to a cheap one year deal. Apparently the market for all glove no bat guys is pretty good and Frank Wren may want to get a stop-gap shortstop via trade.

*Clint Barmes- 2 years, 10.50 million, Jamey Carroll- 2 years, 6.75 million, John McDonald- 2 years, 3 million

I am going to go over several shortstops who have either been rumored to be traded or shortstops on teams that match up well with Atlanta.

Alexei Ramirez

For some reason Ramirez has been brought up in Braves rumors a few times but this one just doesn’t make sense right off the bat. Ramirez is signed through 2016 to a pretty large contract and he’s no Tulo. This is not the one year fix the Braves want.

No deal.

Stephen Drew

Drew was rumored a while back and the Braves likely don’t have any interest for these reasons: injury, contract (7.75 million in ’12), and left handed. There is no point in taking this risk at all.

No deal.

Eduardo Nunez

I am going to link you here, as I have already been over Nunez.

No deal.

Brendan Ryan

We are getting warmer. Ryan has one year left on his 2 year deal for just $1.75 million. He plays good defense and he could serve as a utility infielder after TP is brought up. He doesn’t hit at all but at least his OBP (.313) is an upgrade from SeaBass.

Ryan won’t cost much and should be the Braves primary target if a free agent isn’t signed. Deal.

Marco Scutaro 

The Red Sox have been linked to all sorts of pitchers and they might be interested in Jurrjens or another Braves pitcher. Scutaro also makes sense as he has a one year contract ($6 million) and is actually a decent hitter. He would be a huge offensive upgrade. His career slash is .271/.341/.378 compared to A-Gon’s .247/.291/.399 line.

He would cost more than Ryan in both prospects and money, but the offensive production would make it worth that for a year. Deal

J.J. Hardy

I don’t think Hardy has been linked to the Braves but the Orioles need pitching and the Braves have that to offer. Hardy is signed through 2014 at $7 million each year so it might be a little to steep for Atlanta but it’s possible. Hardy’s career line of .264/.320/.435 is an upgrade and he may be worth the money but the Orioles are going to point out his homers and raise the price.

This one is iffy for me. There is no way I would want Hardy for three years so he would need to be traded after the first (or until TP is brought up). Atlanta could probably get some nice prospects in return for Hardy at the trade deadline if he keeps hitting the ball, but is the risk worth it?

Coin flip (depending on who is being traded).

 

There are a few of the names that have been brought up in rumors, or are good fits. Obviously a couple are ridiculous and a couple would be good. What do you think? Any other shortstops? Would you feel confident giving Pastornicky the starting job in 2012?

 

 

 

 

Topics: Alexei Ramirez, Atlanta Braves, Brendan Ryan, Eduardo Nunez, Jj Hardy, Marco Scutaro, Shortstop, Stephen Drew, Trades

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  • FredOwens

    Unless the RSox sign Reyes Scutaro isn;t going anywhere. The Orioles signed Hardy long term last year because they have no one ready to come up and they saw that the market was bare. Getting him – and I like Hardy – would require Patornicky and a pitcher; I don’t think Wren will do that. Brendan Ryan is really the only trade option I see but I really believe the signing of Drew Sutton signals that if Wren wakes up in February with TP as the shortstop he’s willing to do that and if it doesn’t work trade in season. All of that requires he get hos Christmas shopping done in Dallas next week.

  • FredOwens

    Unless the RSox sign Reyes Scutaro isn;t going anywhere. The Orioles signed Hardy long term last year because they have no one ready to come up and they saw that the market was bare. Getting him – and I like Hardy – would require Patornicky and a pitcher; I don’t think Wren will do that. Brendan Ryan is really the only trade option I see but I really believe the signing of Drew Sutton signals that if Wren wakes up in February with TP as the shortstop he’s willing to do that and if it doesn’t work trade in season. All of that requires he get hos Christmas shopping done in Dallas next week.

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ CarlosCollazo

    @FredOwens It has been looking like that recently and I would be fine with it. A ton of people freak out at the thought though. I am a huge Pastornicky fan so I would love to see him start the year with Atlanta.

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ CarlosCollazo

    @FredOwens It has been looking like that recently and I would be fine with it. A ton of people freak out at the thought though. I am a huge Pastornicky fan so I would love to see him start the year with Atlanta.

  • FredOwens

    @CarlosCollazo I suspect the real answer is Simmons. There was a piece today on BP I think but I can’t find it now that said Simmons would be up at the break. He has the best glove by far it’s the bat that’s in question where as TP is the reverse. IF we get the outfield bat I have no problem with him either

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ CarlosCollazo

    @FredOwens If that’s the case than they might consider shipping TP off in return for someone more like Hardy. I wouldn’t like that at all though because I have a bias towards Pastornicky and Simmons needs to prove he can hit.

  • FredOwens

    @CarlosCollazo I suspect the real answer is Simmons. There was a piece today on BP I think but I can’t find it now that said Simmons would be up at the break. He has the best glove by far it’s the bat that’s in question where as TP is the reverse. IF we get the outfield bat I have no problem with him either

  • FredOwens

    @CarlosCollazo They aren’t going to go after a long term vet unless TP collapses and I don’t think that happens. They have to plan money for B Mac, Bourn, Hanson perhaps and others. Using it for an older SS when you have those two on the roster would not be wise unless one vanishes in the bigs and the other doesn’t hit.

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ CarlosCollazo

    @FredOwens If that’s the case than they might consider shipping TP off in return for someone more like Hardy. I wouldn’t like that at all though because I have a bias towards Pastornicky and Simmons needs to prove he can hit.

  • FredOwens

    @CarlosCollazo They aren’t going to go after a long term vet unless TP collapses and I don’t think that happens. They have to plan money for B Mac, Bourn, Hanson perhaps and others. Using it for an older SS when you have those two on the roster would not be wise unless one vanishes in the bigs and the other doesn’t hit.

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