Free Agency Rankings – 2B

  1. Neil Walker – signed with Mets
  2. Sean Rodriguez
  3. Chase Utley

 

With not much to choose from in the second base market, let alone free agency Neil Walker wasted no time in signing his contract. When the Mets extended their qualifying offer Walker accepted rather quickly. He got off to a hot start for the Mets in 2016 and it looked as if the Mets had found someone to pair with Yoenis Cespedes. Walker cooled off toward the end of the year and actually ended up getting hurt that required surgery. Walker comes back to Queens and will keep his second base job. Walker tied a career high with 23 home runs and drove in 55 runs before he was placed on the 60-day disabled list. Including his .282 average Walker will continue to produce as long he comes back 100% healthy from the back injury that plagued him last year.

Sean Rodriguez had a career year this past season for the Pirates. As well as being able to play multiple positions, Rodriguez can be an every day second baseman. He hit 18 home runs and drove in 56 runs while hitting .270 over the course of 140 games. He also posted his best OBP of .349 making him a valuable addition. Rodriguez really brings value to a team because he can play just about any position. He was a great fill in this season at first base for the Pirates.

Chase Utley is at the back end of his career but can still prove dividends for a team looking for a platoon player and a veteran presence in the locker room. Coming off of his worst year for the Phillies and Dodgers last year, Utley might’ve helped his stock a bit going into the offseason after hitting .252 and hitting 14 home runs while driving in 56 runs. While he may not be the same player as he was when the Phillies were competing for championships he can still hit right handers fairly well. He hit .273 and slugged .425 against righties on the year.

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