Friday, February 6, 2009

How did we get here? Shortstop.

So the thing with Jeter got me thinking: How did we get here - in our present situation at shortstop? Let's look at the shortstops over the last 20 years (the years are when they started, not total time they spent with the team. That's an important distinction.)

Rafael Ramirez, 1988-1990
-Traded by Braves with cash for Ed Whited and Mike Stoker, December 1987
-Granted free agency, October 1992

Eric Yelding, 1991
-Claimed on waivers from Cubs, April 1989
-Traded to Chicago White Sox as PTBNL for Rich Scheid, July 1992

Andujar Cedeno, 1992-1994
-Signed as an undrafted free agent, October 1986
-Traded May 1995 to San Diego with Derek Bell, Doug Brocail, Pedro Martnez (not the same one), Phil Plantier and Craig Shipley for Ken Caminiti, Steve Finley, Roberto Petagine and Brian Williams.

Orlando Miller, 1995-1996
-Traded March 1990 by the New York Yankees for Dave Silvestri
-Traded December 1996 with Doug Brocail, Brian Hunter, Todd Jones and cash to Detroit for Brad Ausmus, Jose Lima, Trever Miller, C.J. Nitkowski and Daryle Ward

Tim Bogar, 1997, 1999
-Traded March 1997 by Los Angeles Dodgers for Luis Lopez
-Granted free agency October 2000

Ricky Gutierrez, 1998
-Traded May 1995 by San Diego with Derek Bell, Doug Brocail, Pedro Martnez (not the same one), Phil Plantier and Craig Shipley for Ken Caminiti, Andujar Cedeno, Steve Finley, Roberto Petagine and Brian Williams.
-Granted free agency October 1998

Julio Lugo, 2000-2003
-Selected in 43rd round of 1994 amateur draft
-Released May 2003

Adam Everett, 2003-2007
-Traded by Boston December 1999 with Greg Miller for Carl Everett
-Granted free agency in 2007

Miguel Tejada, 2008-present
-Traded by Baltimore in December 2007 for Matt Albers, Luke Scott, Dennis Sarfate, Troy Patton and Mike Costanzo.

1 comment:

CM said...

You know what the bad thing is.....at the time that it happened, I thought the Tejada trade was a decent deal for us (not great, but as you just pointed out, we have never really had a shortstop with a good bat). It's the Orioles GM who looks like a genius now.

Do the Astros even have a direction? They are kind of rebuilding......yet they are trading away our entire minor league system.....you can't have it both ways.