Several teams interested in shortstop

Rich Aurilia is the best available shortstop on the market now that Miguel Tejada has signed with the Orioles.

Updated: December 22, 2003, 11:14 AM ET
By Jim Baker | MLB Insider
There's no shame in being sloppy seconds -- especially when the reward is millions and millions of dollars. Rich Aurilia is in the enviable position of being the best available shortstop on the market now that Miguel Tejada has signed with the Orioles. What is more, he had a great season in the recent past and teams can psych themselves into believing that he could do the same thing again while wearing their uniform.

So, which Rich Aurilia does a new team get? There have been three versions, two of which you'd want and one of which you wouldn't. Unfortunately, the undesirable version is the most recent one:

1999-2000: A very respectable shortstop with nice power.
2001: A superstar.
2002-2003: Heading back to replacement level.


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Jim Baker is an author at Baseball Prospectus and a frequent contributor to Page 2. You can e-mail Jim at bottlebat@gmail.com.

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