It seems a bit far-fetched to view Elvis Andrus as a trade target, but he fills a pressing need at shortstop and is a young under-control player for the future.
Sandy Alderson went on WFAN and talked to Mike Francesa yesterday and mentioned that it was like “pulling teeth” to get Ruben Tejada to do the little things to get better. And it’s very clear that Omar Quintanilla is not a long term solution for the position. There are no big-name free agents to play the position, so a trade seems like the only option for the Alderson front office.
Many will say that the priority is to shore up the outfield, bullpen and to grab a back-end starter to replace Matt Harvey (if he is indeed out for all of 2014), but shortstop is a glaring hole in the lineup.
Since the departure of Jose Reyes, who was a lead-off guy that got on base and got into scoring position, it’s been tough to find a guy to fill his shoes. The only viable player to seemingly fill the lead off role is Eric Young Jr., but his f...