The 2017 MLB Ultimate Free-Agent Tracker: second basemen

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<a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/mlb/players/8571/" data-ylk="slk:Neil Walker">Neil Walker</a> celebrates a grand slam he hit against the Marlins. (AP)
Neil Walker celebrates a grand slam he hit against the Marlins. (AP)

We ranked 2017’s top free-agent second baseman. Overall ranking in the 2017 free-agent class is in parenthesis.

[More FA rankings: Complete list: Nos. 1-184 | C | 1B | 3B | SS | UT | OF | SP | RP]

1. (17) Neil Walker, 2B: Between the walk-rate jump and the steady strikeout rate, Walker’s plate discipline shoots him to the top of the second-base list. His glove there is plenty serviceable, too. Walker’s recent injury history does complicate matters, particularly when the previous attributes allow him to start the bidding in the two-year range with the intention of it jumping to three.

2. (81) Chase Utley, 2B: The Silver Fox will ride again.

3. (102) Brandon Phillips, 2B: The last time he was even league average offensively was 2011. At 36, he’s looking at the Utley path of utility/mentorship role.

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