Here are some very preliminary 2014 second baseman rankings for your perusal. Try not to take the lists all too seriously; I haven't actually done projections for any of these players and many, many changes will be in store for the first official rankings in January.
These aren't true keeper rankings, since only the 2014 season is being taken into consideration here. But if you're looking to make trades in keeper leagues in the coming weeks, I hope this piece will help you along.
2014 Second Baseman Rankings
- Second base looks awfully deep next year. After the big four, it's a pretty big scramble for the next 15 or so spots. The new additions of Lawrie and Rondon help, plus it doesn't look like Zobrist, Profar, Franklin and Scutaro will have shortstop eligibility next year. One question mark in the middle of the list is Johnson; he currently has 11 games in at both second and third. If he can't get to 20 at either spot, then he'd only have OF eligibility next year, hurting his cause.
- We also have a wave of decent second base prospects coming up, none of whom are guaranteed jobs next year. Green would seem to have the best chance of starting on Opening Day, though that's far from a given. Schoop probably has the most fantasy upside of the bunch and the Orioles could have second base open, but injuries have held him back and he might need more minor league time. Wong in St. Louis now has what seemed to be a clear path to the majors blocked by Carpenter. He could turn into trade bait. The Cardinals could instead trade David Freese and move Carpenter back to third, but Carpenter has been plenty good enough defensively at his new position. Culberson could overtake LeMahieu and Josh Rutledge in Colorado next year, making him quite the sleeper. Flores would be an option for the Mets if Daniel Murphy gets traded or goes down with another injury. Eddie Rosario in Minnesota might get a look later in the season. The White Sox's Carlos Sanchez was supposed to be ready next year, but he's disappointed this season and Beckham has been terrific while healthy. Across town with the Cubs, Arismendy Alcantara could supplant Barney come June or July.
- Second base could also be a big position in free agency if the Yankees fail to reach a quick agreement with Cano after the World Series. It's not like them to be outbid, but things could get chaotic if it happens. Utley will be out there, too. The free-spending Dodgers will have second base open if they decline Ellis' $5.75 million option, and given his age and injury history, they should try to upgrade. However, besides Cano, the only second baseman in free agency that seems like a good bet to start 130-140 games next year is Infante.
|3||Dustin Pedroia||Red Sox||3||3|
|9||Matt Carpenter||Cardinals||21 3B||8|
|11||Ben Zobrist||Rays||9 SS||7 SS|
|12||Brett Lawrie||Blue Jays||10 3B||19 3B|
|13||Anthony Rendon||Nationals||56 3B||13|
|15||Nick Franklin||Mariners||59 SS||18 SS|
|16||Martin Prado||Diamondbacks||8 3B||12|
|19||Gordon Beckham||White Sox||14||19|
|24||Marco Scutaro||Giants||17 SS||22 SS|
|28||Derek Dietrich||Marlins||92 SS||30 SS|
|29||Emilio Bonifacio||Blue Jays||79 OF||24|
|30||Danny Espinosa||Nationals||20 SS||47 SS|
|31||Brian Dozier||Twins||29 SS||29 SS|
|40||Jeff Keppinger||White Sox||15||22|
|45||Wilmer Flores||Mets||79 3B||NR|
|46||Jordany Valdespin||Mets||90 OF||34|