Analyzing the Red Sox' 2010 Shortstop Options
With yet another terrible season for the Red Sox at the shortstop position, you can expect general manger Theo Epstein to, yet again, chase after a shortstop.
The Red Sox shortstop carousel has included Nomar Garciaparra, Orlando Cabrera, Edgar Renteria, Alex Gonzalez, Julio Lugo, Jed Lowrie, Nick Green, and Alex Gonzalez (again).
This list is about potential players the Red Sox might chase after this offseason. This article is in no particular order.
Marco Scutaro, Toronto Blue Jays
Scutaro, 34, has had a decent career with the New York Mets, Oakland Athletics, and, currently, the Toronto Blue Jays.
Scutaro has 49 career home runs, 291 career RBI, a .265 career average with a .336 OBP and a slugging percentage of .384 for a career OPS of .720.
This season, Scutaro has been hitting .282 with a career-high in homers with 11 and approaching a career-high in RBI with 57. Scutaro has an OBP of .380 and a slugging percentage of .411 for an OPS of .790.
The Red Sox have already been connected to Scutaro, and it's likely that he's the No. 1 shortstop target this offseason for Boston.
Orlando Cabrera, Minnesota Twins
The Red Sox already had Cabrera, who's 35. The Sox acquired him in that praised four-team deal on the trade deadline in 2004, in which they traded their fan-favorite Nomar Garciaparra to the Chicago Cubs and the Red Sox acquired Cabrera from the Montreal Expos.
Cabrera has a career average of .273 with 110 home runs and 740 career RBI. He has a career OBP of .321 and a slugging percentage of .396 for an OPS of .721.
This season, Cabrera is hitting .273 (.280 since the trade from Oakland to Minnesota) with five home runs and 56 RBI. He has a .307 OBP and a slugging percentage of .362 for an OPS of .669.
Adam Everett, Detroit Tigers
Everett, 33, was in the Red Sox minor league system from 1998 to 2000. Everett has played in the majors for the Houston Astros, Minnesota Twins, and Detroit Tigers.
Everett's career average is .245 with 40 career home runs and 274 career RBI. His career OBP is .297 and his slugging percentage is .352 for an OPS of .649.
This season, Everett is hitting .239 with three home runs and 40 RBI. He has an OBP of .293 with a .328 slugging percentage for an OPS of .620.
John McDonald, Toronto Blue Jays
McDonald, 35, has played previously for the Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Indians.
McDonald was never an offense stalwart. His career marks are a .237 average, with 10 career home runs and 125 career RBI. He has a carrer OBP of .275 with a slugging percentage of .312 for a career OPS of .588.
This season, McDonald has played in just 52 games. He's is hitting .247 with one home run and four RBI. He has an OBP of .265 with a slugging perctange of .346 for an OPS of .611.
Khalil Greene, St. Louis Cardinals
Greene, 30, has previously played for the San Diego Padres. Greene is one of my favorite players listed.
Greene has a career average of .245, with 90 career home runs and 352 career RBI. He has a career OBP of .302 with a slugging percentage of .423 for an OPS of .726.
This season, his first with St. Louis, Greene is hitting .208 with six home runs and 24 RBI. He has an OBP of .283 and a slugging percentage of .365 for an OPS of .648.
Felipe Lopez, Milwaukee Brewers
Lopez, 30, was traded to the Brewers from the Arizona Diamondbacks days before the trade deadline. Currently a second baseman, Lopez hasn't played shortstop regularly since 2007.
Lopez has a .268 career average with 79 career home runs and 385 career RBI. He has a career OBP .335 with a career slugging percentage of .399 for an OPS .734.
Lopez is hitting .308 this season, combined with Arizona and Milwaukee. He has eight home runs with 47 RBI. His OBP is .369 with a slugging percentage of .423 for an OPS of .792.
JJ Hardy, Milwaukee Brewers
Hardy, 27, is the youngest player on the list. Hardy has had some hiccups since becoming a full time MLB player in 2005, but is still one of the better shortstops out there.
Hardy's career average is .268, to go along with 75 career home runs and 264 career RBI. His career OBP is .323 and his slugging percentage is .429 for a career OPS of .752.
This season has been Hardy's worst. With just a .225 average (87 hits in 386 at bats) to go along with less-than-stellar power numbers (11 home runs, 46 RBI) and his worst career OBP (.298) and slugging percentage (.358) for a career low OPS (.655), it might take a "leap of faith" for the Red Sox to go out and sign JJ Hardy.