Jose Altuve
Astros' Jose Altuve: Takes home A.L. MVP honors
Jose Altuve, 2B, HOU
11/16/2017
News: Altuve was named the American League's Most Valuable Player on Thursday.

Altuve's ascension into stardom took another major leap forward in 2017 as the 27-year-old became the first Astro to bring home MVP honors since Jeff Bagwell was crowned N.L. MVP in 1994. Altuve led the American League in hits (204) for the fourth consecutive season and won the league's batting title with a career-high .346 average. His 24 home runs were also a career high and the superstar second baseman is firmly in play as the top overall player heading into 2018 fantasy drafts. The man can do it all.

Analysis: 

Marco Hernandez
Red Sox's Marco Hernandez: Leading candidate to fill in at 2B
Marco Hernandez, 2B, BOS
11/14/2017
News: Hernandez is the leading candidate to open the year as the Red Sox's starting second baseman, with Dustin Pedroia (knee) expected to miss at least the first month of the season, Chad Jennings of the Boston Herald reports.

President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski did not rule out bringing someone from outside the organization in, but with Hernandez, Brock Holt, Tzu-Wei Lin and Deven Marrero all in house, it seems they should be able to plug the hole internally. A shoulder injury cost Hernandez most of the 2017 season, but he has a career .284 average in 116 plate appearances and profiles as a quality defender at second base. Realistically, if the Red Sox go with Hernandez, he will still make way for their other internal options on occasion, and doesn't project to make enough impact with the bat over a short stretch to be useful in most formats.

Analysis: 

Devon Travis
Blue Jays' Devon Travis: Off disabled list
Devon Travis, 2B, TOR
11/3/2017
News: Travis (knee) was reinstated from the 60-day DL on Friday, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.

Travis was out since early June after undergoing knee surgery to clean up the cartilage in his knee. Although the infielder was expected to make it back for the last month of the year, he suffered a setback that effectively ended any hopes of returning to the field. Over the course of 2017, he slashed .259/.291/.438 with five home runs and 24 RBI in 50 games.

Analysis: 

Brad Miller
Rays' Brad Miller: Undergoes offseason surgery
Brad Miller, 2B, TB
11/2/2017
News: Miller underwent core muscle surgery in October, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Miller underwent the surgery multiple weeks ago but the specifics of the procedure weren't revealed until Thursday. The surgery was performed to address issues in Miller's groin and lower abdominals, two areas that caused the veteran infielder a lot of trouble during the regular season. The surgery carries with it a six-week rehab time, so Miller should be back to full health when spring training rolls around.

Analysis: 

Andrew Romine
Mariners' Andrew Romine: Claimed by Mariners
Andrew Romine, 2B, SEA
11/2/2017
News: Romine was claimed off waivers by Seattle on Thursday.

Romine hit .233/.289/.336 with four home runs and 25 RBI during 124 games with the Tigers this past season, and will join the Mariners as a super-utility man. The 32-year-old is set to be the fourth or fifth outfielder for Seattle, while filling in for Robinson Cano, Jean Segura and Kyle Seager in the infield when they need some rest.

Analysis: 

Dustin Pedroia
Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia: Likely out until late May
Dustin Pedroia, 2B, BOS
10/25/2017
News: Pedroia underwent surgery to repair cartilage in his left knee Wednesday, and will likely be out until the end of May in the 2018 season, Tim Britton of The Providence Journal reports.

The Red Sox stated in a press release that an estimate for Pedroia to return to game action would come in approximately seven months. Dr. Riley Williams performed the "cartilage restoration procedure" on Pedroia's knee, which had clearly been hampering the second baseman over the last month. As the offseason moves along, there is sure to be more updates on Pedroia's status, including any changes to this initial timetable.

Analysis: 

Jed Lowrie
Athletics' Jed Lowrie: Set to return as team's 2B in 2018
Jed Lowrie, 2B, OAK
10/2/2017
News: Lowrie will return as the A's second baseman next season, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

GM David Forst reportedly said that Lowrie will be returning, suggesting the team plans to pick up his $6 million option for 2018. The veteran suited up for 153 contests, racking up a career-high 49 doubles to go with 69 RBI, a .277 average and 86 runs. Given it'll be the last year of his contract, Lowrie will be motivated to perform well again in what will be his age-34 season.

Analysis: 

Ian Kinsler
Tigers' Ian Kinsler: Out of Sunday lineup
Ian Kinsler, 2B, DET
10/1/2017
News: Kinsler is out of the lineup Sunday against the Twins.

Andrew Romine is starting at second base while Kinsler sits out for the second straight game. Kinsler's batting average took a significant dive this season, as it fell from 2016's .288 mark to .236. While he may bounce back a bit next season, the 35-year-old will likely struggle to regain his old form.

Analysis: 

Brandon Phillips
Angels' Brandon Phillips: Absent from Sunday's lineup
Brandon Phillips, 2B, LAA
10/1/2017
News: Phillips is out of the lineup Sunday against the Mariners, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.

Phillips will sit out Sunday while Cliff Pennington starts at second base in the Angels' season finale. Prior to being acquired by the Angels, Phillips began the season with the Braves. Between the two, the 36-year-old hit a respectable .285/.319/.416.

Analysis: 

Starlin Castro
Yankees' Starlin Castro: Drives in run during win
Starlin Castro, 2B, NYY
10/1/2017
News: Castro went 1-for-4 with one RBI and a couple of strikeouts in Saturday's win over the Blue Jays.

The run-scoring single proved to be the difference, as the Yankees went on to win 2-1. For much of the season, Castro was on pace to set new career bests in home runs and RBI, but he was ultimately slowed down after missing a month with a hamstring injury following the All-Star break. Still, with one game to go in the season, the second baseman carries a .301/.339/.455 slash line that would all rate as his highest totals since 2011.

Analysis: 

More Updates