2014 Outlook: A torn ligament in his left thumb suffered last Opening Day sapped his power, but Pedroia nevertheless fought through, playing a career-high 160 games and amassing 724 trips to the plate in 2013, earning himself a third consecutive season ranked among the top five second basemen on our Player Rater. To put his year into statistical perspective: His per-162-games career averages were spot on in nearly every major category except home runs (nine in 2013, 16 career) and slugging percentage (.415 and .454). Pedroia remains in the prime of his career and again should pace one of the most productive lineups in baseball. He's especially attractive in points leagues, where his high on-base percentage and contact rates carry additional weight, but there's no question that he's an early-round pick in any scoring format.
Stephania Bell: It's no surprise that Pedroia played all season despite tearing his ulnar collateral ligament in his thumb in the very first game. Equally unsurprising is the expectation he'll be ready for spring training after having it surgically repaired in November.
2014 Outlook: Acquired from the Oakland Athletics in the Jim Johnson deal, Weeks could be in the mix for the second-base job in Baltimore this spring. Though he struggled mightily in Oakland in 2012, Weeks bounced back with .271/.376/.369 triple-slash rates, a 13.0 percent walk rate and 17 steals in 19 attempts in 130 games in Triple-A, showing a disciplined approach that was similar to his rookie year of 2011. He'll need a big spring to capture the role, but if he does, he could be an AL-only sleeper.