Needless to say I would not trade the farm for any of these guys listed below (or any single player for that matter), but I took some time below to list some possible SS options along with their slash lines (OBP/OPS for their season and career, respectively) as well as DOB, contract length and dollars owed (you may disregard the Roman numerals for hey have a special, and as yet undisclosed meaning -- though see below for more)...
For starters, the options that for now are considered the leaders in the club house:
Stephen Drew (*1983, .5 yrs./$5)Yr. .286/.587
Yunel Excobar(*1982, 1.5 yrs./$7.5)Yr. .299/.642
Jimmy Rollins (*1978, 3.5 yrs./$38)Yr. .313/.718
In addition, check out these dark horse candidates that I think would have definite value for the club but may or may not be available:
J.J. Hardy (*1982, 2.5 yrs./$17.5)Yr. .261/.635
- HR power, solid defense; Orioles have Machado in the wings and their postseason hopes may be dwindling (as they haven't moved to trade for a starter, afaik)
Brendan Ryan (*1982, .5 yrs./$.9)Yr. .280/.564
- Defense! I DO NOT want errors costing us any games, ever
Asdrubal Cabrera (*1985, 2.5 yrs./$18)Yr. .351/.802
- No brainer, but likely costly or unavailable, but you never know
So there you have it. Of course, to complete the armchair GM exercise each player would need to be attached with a market clearing trade value (i.e., what you would be willing to give up for any one of these players along with what the oppsoing GM would want for them).
And while I can't really predict what would be acceptable for both sides I did include those Roman numerals with each player to indicate how many of the following foursome of players I'd be willing to exchange for the above SS upgrade options: Green, Choice, Gray and Peacock.
Now it's time to sit back and do what an amchair GM does best: wait and see what happens in the real world ;-)
p.s. This fanpost is a first for me, so please do let me know in case I did something terribly wrong, etiquette- or otherwise