January 26, 2017
The -Only League Landscape
National League Second Basemen
Strange things are afoot at the keystone. As my colleague George Bissell noted in his State of the Position article for second base, “…second basemen posted a .771 OPS last year. That’s a higher mark than nearly every other position, with the exception of first base, third base and designated hitter.” That’s a pretty significant reconfiguration of the defensive spectrum, a world in which the guys manning the keystone outhit the outfielders. The position’s numbers weren’t just the product of one or two extreme outliers last year, either – the production increase at second base was widespread. The NL list is a little thinner at the top than the AL list, though, which includes stars including Jose Altuve, Robinson Cano, Brian Dozier, Rougned Odor, and Ian Kinsler.
That doesn’t mean that second base is thin in the senior circuit. Let’s take a look at the ten most expensive second basemen at auction in 2016 in NL-Only leagues:
Table 1: 10 Most Expensive* NL Second Basemen, 2016