Um, I want to make a really dumb argument. I think the M’s should look at just-released David Eckstein. He could be a decent (well, okay) stop-gap at short if they want to start grooming Lopez for second next year by getting him the reps at Tacoma. But even if you don’t… Eckstein’s a good 2b/SS guy who works his ass off. He’s funny. If you don’t think Boone’s going to be motivated by last season’s performance or having his head clear or this being his walk year, how about having a hyper-active hamster eager to outplay him every day? He makes Bloomquist look like a napping sloth when it comes to work ethics.
Plus, seriously, he just cracks me up. If we’re looking at 80 wins next year and Eckstein can make that 5% more amusing, that’s got to be worth something.