Lead-off guy with pop in his bat (one year), fast, injury history, and Theo Epstein used to be his GM.
Not a typical lead-off guy, in that he has a BB rate under 5%, but, his power numbers are improving, above-average defender and he steals bases. Splits are similar home and away. Only right handed bat in this bunch, could be a platoon partner.
Brett Jackson, (25), controlled:
Leads off in Iowa for 2013, but has a nationally-reported high SO%, well above-average defender, developing power, quick and high ceiling. Needs work, but versatile enough to move to a corner position.
David DeJesus, (34), $6.5M option:
Sees a lot of pitches, gets on base, but cannot steal, average defender in CF, above-average defender on the corners.
Curtis Granderson, (33), Free Agent:
We saw his SO% rise by depending on the long ball, struggled in the field (even though no errors, -18.2 UZR/150). I bet he moves to LF and lets Brett Gardner handle CF in 2013. He'll be expensive, though. I think Robinson Cano would be a better candidate to dump a lot of money on, because they are both free agents in 2014.
Matt Szczur, (25), under control:
Fast, athletic-type with pop. He struggled in AA last year, hitting .210/.285/.357 in 35 games. He'll have to turn a major corner to be a CF option.
Junior Lake, (24), under control:
A long shot for CF, technically. If he moves to the OF to utilize his cannon-arm, it will more likely be a corner spot (I think he's playing CF in the Winter Leagues, though). His bat will take him there if he does. We'll have to see how he does in AAA this year. .279/.341/.442 is acceptable for an infield position, though.