Montero is dead in the water. Hit the iceberg, taking on sea water, band playing on the deck dead.
But of the other possible variations, Sardinas-Lee is the least flexible available. Well, unless Sardinas looks better in CF than I imagine. (Edit: and unless Lee can play a COF spot)
I'm betting on O'Malley and Lee right now. And I'm betting on a trade, at some point, of one of our SS's.
Would add that it is hard to get to a point where you don't have some kind of a Bloomquist on your roster. In the NL, with increased PH'ing for the thrower, a Bloomie-of some sort gives you the ability to do all kinds of managerial wizardry. In the AL, where most teams have a designated Designated Hitter, then you have only 12 roster spots left to fill 8 glovey positions. Include two C's, then you're down to 10 for 7. It's hard NOT to have a guy like that on your roster. And if he's a career .270 hitter with 7 different gloves, no ego, a terrific clubhouse presence, etc.......well, then. Take it and run, realizing there aren't that many Zobrists laying about.
Earl always had a sweet spot for that Sakata dude.
Understand what you mean. But guys who swing a bigger bat AND bring a glove, well, they find their way into somebody's lineup.
Ideally you would have (were you in the AL) 4 2B-SS-3B guys, one who plays all three positions. Add 4 OF, 2 of whom can pick it in CF to some degree. 2 C's, of course. Two 1B'Dh's guys.....then you add your 25th guy. Somebody like Mark McLemore, right. A reminder, that McLemore played 19 years, but we Seattle fans remember his TWO career years! Which were outliers, by the way. Over his entire career he was .259-.349-.341 with an 82 OPS+. How many times has somebody written that having a McLemore in Seattle again would be spiffy? Well Willie B. had career numbers of .269-.316-.342, OPS+ 78. There isn't much difference, really. It is true that McLemore was a starter for much of his career. That is a difference, I should admit.
Willie Bloomquist was a fine utility-type ballplayerr, at least all the way up through '14. Ask every manager who he played for, I imagine.
The Dipoto/Servais question is whether Sardinas is a better WB than O'Malley.