2013 MLB Preview: Fantasy Baseball Additional Shortstop Options

Ryan LesterSenior Writer IFebruary 27, 2013

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 05:  Elvis Andrus #1 of the Texas Rangers reacts after he hit a single in the bottom of the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles uring the American League Wild Card playoff game  at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 5, 2012 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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We already looked at the LestersLegends’ top-10 fantasy baseball shortstops for 2013, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t additional options if you choose to wait on filling your shortstop slot to address other positions. Alternatively, many leagues offer middle infield slots, which put these options on your radar.

Elvis Andrus, Texas Rangers

Andrus saw his stolen base total drop from 37 to 21. He’s been caught stealing 37 times over the past three seasons. A lot of his value is based on his stolen base total so there is a little concern.

Andrus has improved his batting average from .266 in his first two years to .283 the past two. He has averaged 89.7 runs the past two seasons and has even averaged a respectable 61 RBI the past two seasons. He has 14 career home runs. Four out of five categories isn’t bad.

Erick Aybar, Los Angeles Angels

Aybar is a solid contributor in the steals category and a decent contributor in the runs and batting average. Aybar offers little in the home run or RBI department, but he’s a good value option.

Everth Cabrera, San Diego Padres

Cabrera is a one-trick pony. If you’re using him, it’s for his stolen base potential alone. He is a non-factor in every other category.

Zack Cozart, Cincinnati Reds

Cozart struggled last year hitting .246, but he hit 15 home runs. He should also approach double-digit stolen bases.

J.J. Hardy, Baltimore Orioles

Hardy is known for two things. He has some solid pop for a shortstop (20-plus home runs in four of the past six years) and he gets dinged up. His batting average and lack of stolen bases hurts his value, but he is a decent option for runs and RBI.

Alexei Ramirez, Chicago White Sox

Ramirez’s .265-59-9-73-20 line is below his norm. He is a solid contributor in all five categories. He should be better in 2013.

Josh Rutledge, Colorado Rockies

Rutledge will play second base for the Rockies, but has shortstop eligibility from replacing Troy Tulowitzki last year. Rutledge hit eight home runs and stolen seven bases in 73 games, which projects to 18 home runs and 16 stolen bases in a full season.

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