We ranked 2017’s top free-agent second baseman. Overall ranking in the 2017 free-agent class is in parenthesis.
1. (17) Neil Walker, 2B: Between the walk-rate jump and the steady strikeout rate, Walker’s plate discipline shoots him to the top of the second-base list. His glove there is plenty serviceable, too. Walker’s recent injury history does complicate matters, particularly when the previous attributes allow him to start the bidding in the two-year range with the intention of it jumping to three.
2. (81) Chase Utley, 2B: The Silver Fox will ride again.
3. (102) Brandon Phillips, 2B: The last time he was even league average offensively was 2011. At 36, he’s looking at the Utley path of utility/mentorship role.
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