2014 Fantasy Baseball Third Base Rankings

Feb 14, 2014

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Here’s the first look at the 2014 Lester’s Legends’ Third Base Rankings.
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1. Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers
What more can be said about Miguel Cabrera after his .348-103-44-137-3 seasons? If Chris Davis (53 HRs, 138 RBI) didn’t have his breakout season we’d be talking about a back-to-back Triple Crown winner. Cabrera’s career average is a .321-97-33-115-3 line.
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2. Adrian Beltre, Texas Rangers
Adrian Beltre is coming off a .315-88-30-92-1 line. Over the past four years he’s hitting .314 with 87.3 runs, 31.5 home runs and 100.3 RBI. The Rangers figure to have a potent offense with the addition of Prince Fielder and Shin-Soo Choo.
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3. Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay Rays
Evan Longoria bounce back last year with a .269-91-32-88-1 line. He should be able to improve his batting average while providing ample runs, home runs and RBI.
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4. David Wright, New York Mets
David Wright has career averages of .301-85-22-88-18. If he can stay healthy, he’s the most balance third baseman in the game. Have a decent backup plan.
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5. Ryan Zimmerman, Washington Nationals
Ryan Zimmerman hasn’t played in 150 games since 2009, but he has averaged 146 over the past two. In the six seasons in which Zimmerman played at least 140 games he averaged 92.5 runs, 25.5 home runs, 94.3 RBI and 5.3 steals while hitting .284. You’ll want a decent backup with Zimmerman as well.
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6. Josh Donaldson, Oakland Athletics
Josh Donaldson exploded on the scene with a .301-89-24-93-5 line. He’s not as established as the top five choices, but you can’t overlook last year’s success.
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7. Manny Machado, Baltimore Orioles
Manny Machado (knee) should be ready for Opening Day, which should help the phenom to build on the solid .283-88-14-71-6 line he posted in his first full season.
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8. Pablo Sandoval, San Francisco Giants
The Kung Fu Panda has reportedly shed some weight as he enters his contract year. Over the past five years he has hit .295 while averaging 17.4 runs and 73 RBI. Money can be a motivating factor.
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9. Pedro Alvarez, Pittsburgh Pirates
Pedro Alvarez has averaged 33 home runs and 92.5 RBI over the past two years, but you’ll have to live with his .235 lifetime average.
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10. Aramis Ramirez, Milwaukee Brewers
Aramis Ramirez is another player with a lengthy injury history, but when he’s healthy he can hit. Over the past seven years he has hit .292 while averaging 70.1 runs, 22.6 home runs and 86.7 RBI despite playing just 125.3 games per year. Have a backup plan.
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