MLB Free Agents 2022-23: Ranking of the Top Five Second Basemen


Ranking the top five MLB free-agent second basemen originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

The 2023 MLB Free Agent Class does not load exactly in the second position. Luckily for the Boston Red Sox, they shouldn’t be tackling the position this off-season.

Trevor Story was the best defensive second baseman in baseball during his debut season in Boston. Even if Xander Bogaerts leaves free and Story takes his place at the short stop, the Red Sox could use Kiké Hernandez or Christian Arroyo in second.

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That said, many teams will scour the market for a starting second baseman or depth for the infield. So, who could pique their interest?

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Here are the top five second basemen who could be available this winter.

Age: 33

Club option 2023: $17 million

Segura missed time in 2022 with a broken finger, but that shouldn’t hurt his free agency market if the Philadelphia Phillies reject his option. The two-time All-Star enters the offseason as the best second baseman in a disappointing 2023 free league. Over the past four seasons with the Phillies, Segura has lowered .283/.338/.424 with 42 home runs in 407 games.

Age: 32

Club option 2023: $10 million

Wong has made a name for himself with his defense, but the two-time Gold Glover has also been solid on the record since joining the Milwaukee Brewers in 2021. He has posted a .765 OPS for the past two seasons, a number that should help his cause in the open market if the Brewers don’t exercise his club option for 2023.

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Age: 31

Frazier hasn’t been able to match his 2021 All-Star season, but the Seattle Mariners second baseman still offers plenty of advantage. His defensive versatility helps to overcome his struggles at the plate as he has been used on all three outfield spots and shortstop. He may not get the All-Star treatment in free agency, but Frazier can add a lot of value to a number of teams looking for help in the field this offseason.

Age: 35

Solano missed time in 2022 with a hamstring problem. Through 65 games in his debut season with the Cincinnati Reds, the 2020 Silver Slugger hit .297 with a .737 OPS. His ability to hit for contact should make him an intriguing option for teams with a gap at second base, although Solano has plenty of experience in the other spots of the field as well.

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5. Cesar Hernandez

Age: 33

Hernandez has just one home run in 2022 after hitting 21 long balls in 2021. The former Philadelphia Phillies star is a streaky batter, but the golden glove on his resume should help his free agency business. Expect another short-term deal as he could join his fourth team in as many years.