The utility player. Why is it that the jack of all trades on a baseball team is so overlooked? Utility players are the glue that hold a team together yet are overshadowed by the big-name guys. They have the ability to skillfully play at multiple positions which becomes invaluable to a manager and a dream for general managers. The utility man often takes on a roster spot that would be handed down to two or three other players while allowing flexibility and a roster spot to, say, a weakened bullpen.
Some recent names that come to mind when thinking about solid utility men are Ryan Freel, Bill Hall, and the great Joe McEwing. (Give me a break, I'm a New York Mets fan.) But now, these six players have reshaped the landscape of the utility role, giving opposing pitchers headaches and putting money in the banks of their general managers.