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2012 Shortstop


I know we are all completely caught up with the trade deadline, but I thought I would shift the focus away from that for a moment.  What are the plans for shortstop for 2012?  Let me start by saying that I hate seeing Alex Gonzalez come to the plate. It drives me insane, especially when he is hitting any higher than 7 (I actually prefer 7 because we can get someone who can draw a walk, like McLouth, to clear the pitcher all the time).  However, I just looked at the list of potential free agents at the shortstop position, and the field is quite thin.  Other than Jose Reyes and Jimmy Rollins, there is no one worth a damn on it.  Obviously those two are way out of our price range, and Rollins is overrated (Jose is worth every penny IMO).  Here is the list from Cot's.

* - player whose current contract includes 2012 option

Shortstops
Yuniesky Betancourt MIL *
Ronny Cedeno PIT
Adam Everett CLE
Rafael Furcal LAD
Alex Gonzalez ATL
J.J. Hardy BAL
Cesar Izturis BAL
John McDonald TOR
Augie Ojeda ARI
Jose Reyes NYM
Nick Punto STL
Edgar Renteria CIN
Jose Reyes NYM
Jimmy Rollins PHI
Ramon Santiago DET
Marco Scutaro BOS *

Jack Wilson SEA 

Like I said, when I look at this list, I see 2 players who are outside the realm of possibility, then a bunch of Mendoza's offensively (not literally but you get the point).  

So as much as I hate Gonzalez offensively, I'm not sure anyone on that list is better than he is defensively, and they are all pretty inept with the bat (except maybe Furcal but his injury risk is way too high).  Does his defense warrant signing him to another 1 year deal until one of our prospects is ready?  

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