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February 10, 2014

State of the Position

Third Basemen

by Ben Carsley


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The times, they are a changing at third base.

There are a few familiar names and established stars, sure. But we're undergoing a massive changing of the guard. This figures to be the final season of eligibility at third base for Miguel Cabrera and Edwin Encarnacion—the latter of whom is already ineligible in many formats. Hanley Ramirez has his lost eligibility, and Ryan Zimmerman and Aramis Ramirez could potentially follow suit in coming years. Alex Rodriguez, who topped these rankings for many seasons, may never play game again. And what the future of third base gained in Manny Machado it may have lost in Xander Bogaerts, who looks to begin his career as a shortstop.

What we're left with are three distinct tiers for 2014—elite, boring but acceptable, and risky but tempting—and a lot of question marks moving forward. In some ways, third base is becoming shallower when it comes to upside and deeper when it comes to floor, with many current big-leaguers and minor-leaguers profiling more as safe, dependable options than as players who could be drafted in the first few rounds or who could command salaries in excess of $25.

That being said, there are enough major-leaguers migrating to third base and a promising crop of prospects who should allow third base to be a strong fantasy position far into the future. We're not seeing an elite talent renaissance as we are with shortstops, but there's still plenty to like here.

The League Breakout
The American League has the edge when it comes to third basemen with upside right now. Cabrera, Adrian Beltre, Evan Longoria, Josh Donaldson and Machado comprise five of the best eight options, with Kyle Seager and Brett Lawrie trailing behind. The AL also houses some young players with major flaws but serious power in Will Middlebrooks, Mike Moustakas, and Matt Davidson, and moderately interesting pieces like David Freese, Mark Reynolds, and Matt Dominguez. Add in Nick Castellanos, and it's an interesting group, albeit one with a low floor.

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