Deep Dive: Free agent second basemen

Top of the class: Eric Sogard, with a 2.6 bWAR in 2019, is the best free agent second baseman available. (@EricSogard)


“Deep Dive” focuses on the depth of each position in the Chicago White Sox organization. Each position is broken into a five-part series:

  1. Depth in the rookie levels (Dominican through Great Falls)
  2. Depth in A-ball (Kannapolis and Winston-Salem)
  3. Depth in the higher levels (Birmingham and Charlotte)
  4. Under the Radar-type detail on one of the White Sox players at that position
  5. Free agent options at that position

Second base seems to be in good hands on the South Side for 2020, with 2018 first-rounder Nick Madrigal primed to take over the position. Also, Danny Mendick played well in September for the White Sox, while a decision’s yet to be made whether to offer Yolmer Sánchez salary arbitration. With that said, what are the team’s best options at second base if they decide to pursue one via free agency?

(age as of April 1, 2020)


Eric Sogard
Tampa Bay Rays
B/T: L/R
2019 bWAR: 2.6
Stats: .290/.353/.457, 396 AB, 23 2B, 13 HR, 40 RBI, 8 SB, 38 BB, 63 K
Age: 33

Jonathan Schoop
Minnesota Twins
B/T: R/R
2019 bWAR: 1.6
Stats: .256/.304/.473, 433 AB, 23 2B, 23 HR, 59 RBI, 1 SB, 20 BB, 116 K
Age: 28

Brad Miller
Philadelphia Phillies
B/T: L/R
2019 bWAR: 1.4
Stats: .260/.329/.565, 154 AB, 6 2B, 13 HR, 25 RBI, 2 SB, 15 BB, 45 K
Other positions played: Third base, Left field, Shortstop, Right field
Age: 30

Brock Holt
Boston Red Sox
B/T: L/R
2019 bWAR: 1.0
Stats: .297/.369/.402, 259 AB, 14 2B, 3 HR, 31 RBI, 1 SB, 28 BB, 57 K
Other positions played: Right field, First base, Shortstop, Left field, Third base
Age: 31

Wilmer Flores
Arizona Diamondbacks
B/T: R/R
2019 bWAR: 0.8
Stats: .317/.361/.487, 265 AB, 18 2B, 9 HR, 37 RBI, 0 SB, 15 BB, 31 K
Other positions played: First base
Age: 28

Arizona has a $6 million club option for 2020, which can be bought out for $500,000.

Starlin Castro
Miami Marlins
B/T: R/R
2019 bWAR: 0.8
Stats: .270/.300/.436, 636 AB, 31 2B, 22 HR, 86 RBI, 2 SB, 28 BB, 111 K
Other positions played: Third base, Shortstop
Age: 30

Brian Dozier
Washington Nationals
B/T: R/R
2019 bWAR: 0.7
Stats: .238/.340/.430, 416 AB, 20 2B, 20 HR, 50 RBI, 3 SB, 61 BB, 105 K
Age: 32

Jason Kipnis
Cleveland Indians
B/T: L/R
2019 bWAR: 0.5
Stats: .245/.304/.410, 458 AB, 23 2B, 17 HR, 65 RBI, 7 SB, 40 BB, 88 K
Age: 32

Hernan Perez
Milwaukee Brewers
B/T: R/R
2019 bWAR: 0.0
Stats: .228/.262/.379, 232 AB, 11 2B, 8 HR, 18 RBI, 5 SB, 11 BB, 66 K
Other positions: Shortstop, Third base, Right field, First base, Left field
Age: 29

Ben Zobrist
Chicago Cubs
B/T: S/R
2019 bWAR: -0.1
Stats: .260/.358/.313, 150 AB, 5 2B, 1 HR, 17 RBI, 0 SB, 23 BB, 24 K
Other positions played: Right field, Left field, Shortstop
Age: 38

Yangervis Solarte
Miami Marlins
B/T: S/R
2019 bWAR: -0.2
Stats: .205/.247/.315, 73 AB, 5 2B, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 0 SB, 4 BB, 16 K
Other positions played: Left field, Shortstop, Third base
Age: 32

Gordon Beckham
Detroit Tigers
B/T: R/R
2019 bWAR: -0.6
Stats: .215/.271/.372, 223 AB, 13 2B, 6 HR, 15 RBI, 3 SB, 13 BB, 68 K
Other positions played: Shortstop, Third base, First base
Age: 33

Scooter Gennett
San Francisco Giants
B/T: L/R
2019 bWAR: -0.7
Stats: .226/.245/.323, 133 AB, 7 2B, 2 HR, 11 RBI, 0 SB, 2 BB, 41 K
Age: 29

Josh Harrison
Detroit Tigers
B/T: R/R
2019 bWAR: -1.0
Stats: .175/.218/.263, 137 AB, 7 2B, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 4 SB, 6 BB, 27 K
Age: 32

Chris Owings
Boston Red Sox
B/T: R/R
2019 bWAR: -1.1
Stats: .139/.209/.233, 180 AB, 6 2B, 3 HR, 14 RBI, 5 SB, 14 BB, 78 K
Other positions played: Third base, Shortstop, Center field, Right field, Left field
Age: 28

Eduardo Nuñez
Boston Red Sox
B/T: R/R
2019 bWAR: -1.5
Stats: .228/.243/.305, 167 AB, 7 2B, 2 HR, 20 RBI, 5 SB, 4 BB, 27 K
Other positions played: Third base, Shortstop
Age: 32

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