Major League Baseball is quickly coming to a close, as there is less than a week left of the MLB World Series. After examining the top 2022-23 MLB free agents at catcher and first base the past two weeks, I look at the top second basemen available, 10 of which will be unrestricted while four others have an MLB club option.
The Orioles, the Royals, and the Mariners are the teams that most likely need a second baseman this MLB offseason. Meanwhile, the White Sox, Marlins, Phillies, and Giants also could be in the market for a second sacker.
1. Jean Segura, 32
Segura has been very productive in his four MLB years in Philadelphia, but his MLB $17 million club option may be too high for the Phillies. Jose Altuve and Marcus Siemen are the only second basemen making more than $15 million annually. Even if his option is not picked up, Segura could eventually end up back in Philadelphia by signing a multi-year deal.
Segura is one of the best-hitting second basemen in the game and is a slightly above-average hitter overall. He hit .277 with 10 home runs, 33 RBI, and 13 stolen bases last season in 98 MLB appearances in 2022, as he missed time with a broken finger. Segura, who came up as a shortstop, is also solid defensively.
2. Kolten Wong, 32
Wong also has a club option, but it wouldn’t be a surprise if Milwaukee exercised his option, which is valued at $10 million. Known as a slick fielder before signing with the Brewers, the two-time Gold Gover has been excellent at the plate with the team. He hit .272 in his first year with the team.
While his average dropped this past season, Wong managed a slash line of .251/.339/.770 and hit a career-high 15-round tripper while also stealing 17 bases. Maybe more troublesome is that Wong was charged with a career-high 17 errors in 2022 in his worst defensive season, according to most metrics.
3. Adam Frazier, 31
Frazier is an average hitter and defensive second baseman though his versatility separates him from others. The 2021 all-star struggled mightily this past season, compiling a slash line of .238/.301/.311. His .612 OPS was a career worse, as he only hit three homers.
Frazier is a good fielder and can play all three outfield spots. He also does not strike out and will steal an occasional base. He has solid career averages of .273/.336/.392
4. Donovan Solano, 35
Solano is a professional hitter, which keeps him in the game. A career part-timer, Solano has hit .280 in his last four campaigns, including this last season when he hit .284 with an OPS of .724. He doesn’t do much else though he can play four infield positions.
5T. Caesar Hernandez, 33
Hernandez is a decent hitter who smacked a career-high 21 home runs last season in 2021. He does provide a few stolen bases, is very good defensively, and does a good job putting the ball in play. The 2020 gold glove winner compiled a slash line of .248/.311/.318 last season with one home run.
5T. Josh Harrison,35
Harrison has a $5.6 million team option with a $1.5 million buyout so that the White Sox may move on. Harrison has been a good hitter throughout his career but is hitting 30 points below his career average of .272.
Harrison puts the ball in play often; however, he does not hit for power or steal bases and is only average defensively. He hit .256 with a .687 OPS last year on the south side of Chicago.
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