Deep Dive: Free agent shortstops

Armed and dangerous: Despite an injury-riddled season, Didi takes no back seat to anyone in this tiny free-agent class of shortstops. (@DidiG18)


“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


Shortstop seems to be in good shape for the White Sox in 2020, with Tim Anderson coming off the AL batting championship. Reserves are also in plentiful supply via Leury García, Yolmer Sánchez (if he returns) and Danny Mendick. With some concerns about Anderson’s defense, are there any shortstops available here good enough to play the position and force Anderson to move into the outfield? There aren’t many shortstops on the market this year, and the best one who would’ve been slated for this offseason signed an extension (Xander Boegarts). Only one shortstop (Didi Gregorius) seems capable of transplanting Anderson, and he comes with injury concerns. Nobody in this small list has qualifying offers attached to them.

(age as of April 1, 2020)


Jose Iglesias
Cincinnati Reds
B/T: R/R
2019 bWAR: 1.5
Stats: .288/.318/.407, 504 AB, 21 2B, 11 HR, 59 RBI, 6 SB, 20 BB, 70 K
Age: 30

Adeiny Hechevarria
Atlanta Braves
B/T: R/R
2019 bWAR: 0.9
Stats: .241/.299/.443, 203 AB, 12 2B, 9 HR, 33 RBI, 3 SB, 14 BB, 48 K
Other positions played: Second base, Third base
Age: 30

Didi Gregorius
New York Yankees
B/T: L/R
2019 bWAR: 0.6
Stats: .238/.276/.441, 344 AB, 14 2B, 16 HR, 61 RBI, 2 SB, 17 BB, 53 K
Age: 30

Jordy Mercer
Detroit Tigers
B/T: R/R
2019 bWAR: 0.3
Stats: .270/.310/.438, 256 AB, 16 2B, 9 HR, 22 RBI, 0 SB, 13 BB, 57 K
Other positions played: Second base, First base, Third base
Age: 33


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Can’t see the Sox paying any attention to SS this offseason unless Cleveland were to approach with some sort of offering of Lindor for peanuts. Then it might be worth attention. Otherwise, I still think Timmy has improved D in his future.

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I can’t see SS changes either, but what would you think of this as a RF solution? Do you think TA would be amenable if it made the team better?

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Also, why does nothing happen when I click the “Reply” button on kp’s comment?

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TC – yeah. I have the same Reply button issue. Not sure of the cause of it. But to address the question, I think it possible that TA would bridle a bit at being sent to RF, but do so if he thought it would be best for the team.

However, unless it were in fact somebody like Lindor, I think the Sox would be far better off looking for an established RFer (I’m warming to Calhoun some) as none of these FAs are very inspiring to me.

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phil – I agree that only Lindor should get our attention. And if Timmy goes down, I think Leury and Danny (can I call him Danny, yet?) cover the position. It would be deeply cool to see Danny (see? I did it again) turn into a Trevor Story, and us not trade him for 3 months of somebody’s retirement party.