In the preseason shortstop was considered, as it normally is, a shallow position. The position has become even shallower than expected with injuries to: Jeter, Asdrubal, Reyes and Hanley, and with Starlin, Desmond, Zobrist and Andrus failing to meet their preseason expectations. Meanwhile those who drafted a healthy Troy Tulowitzki, a studly Jean Segura and a speedy Everth Cabrera have received great return on their investment. Shortstop is a difficult position to rank, but we will attempt to sort through it all:
Buy high: Jean Segura. This guy is a stud at a very weak position. I am very high on the Brewers’ potent offense and a Segura 55/5/40/10/.300 finish would not surprise me. For him, perhaps you can swap….
Sell High: Starlin Castro. Since leading the National League in hits upon his sophomore season, Castro has turned into a perennial fantasy bust. He is still a top 100 player, but the poor offense surrounding him combined with a lack of speed this season (3 steals!) should plummet his value. His walk rate is down, strikeout rate up, batting average down, speed down, and isolated power down. Sell!
Buy Low: I can’t believe I am mentioning this guy, but Derek Jeter. There is literally no other player I can see finishing as a top 10 SS (from when he returns) for non-top 150 value. If you have a DL spot available, get Derek Jeter for a fringe player (or add him). Vernon Wells will rub the Yankees magic power on him, which will reverse the aging process, propelling him to outperform all logic once again.
Sell Low: JJ Hardy has power, and I do not question that, but I do question his ability to be a top 15 SS for the remainder of the season. Hardy is sort of the JP Arencibia of the middle infielder– he’ll get hot and mash some homers, but he does not help at speed, bats toward the bottom of the lineup (vs RHP) and is a complete drain on your batting average. If you can get value for Hardy, pull the trigger.