3) Jose Reyes (Toronto Blue Jays)
When healthy, Jose Reyes has proven that he has the ability to be one of the best players in the game.
After an injury-plagued season caused him to miss 69 games in 2013, Reyes had a very good 2014 season, posting a slash line of .287/.328/.398 in 143 games. The 12-year veteran showed that he still has great speed through his outstanding stolen base rate, as he stole 30 bases while only being caught stealing twice.
The question isn’t whether or not Reyes has the talent, it’s a question of whether or not he can stay healthy. This past season, playing in 140+ games helped to silence that discussion, but the history of injuries still is a common concern for some. However, when it comes to talent, not many players are capable of doing the things that Reyes can, which makes him a top 3 shortstop right now.
2) Ian Desmond (Washington Nationals)
Over the past three seasons, Ian Desmond arguably has been the best shortstop in all of baseball.
Desmond is the only shortstop in Major League Baseball to hit 20+ home runs and steal 20+ bases in each of the last three seasons, and has steadily become a force at the plate for the Nationals. Being that he led all shortstops with 24 errors this past season, there is a concern about his defense, but his offensive ability is very rare to see, especially for the shortstop position.
Entering his free agent year, Desmond should look to put up big numbers once again to help align himself for a big payday. Regardless of whether or not the Nationals do decide to trade their three-time Silver Slugger Award winner, Desmond definitely should make a huge impact offensively in 2015.