Anthony Rendon
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Here’s the 2015 Lester’s Legends NL-Only Second Base Rankings.
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1. Anthony Rendon, Washington Nationals
Anthony Rendon hit .287 with 111 runs, 21 home runs, 83 RBI and 17 stolen bases. His main position is third base, but he played 28 games last year at second base to give Rendon positional eligibility and additional flexibility.
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2. Dee Gordon, Miami Marlins
Dee Gordon played a full season for the first time in his career and responded by hitting .289 with 92 runs, two home runs, 34 RBI and a league-high 64 stolen bases. He goes to Miami where he’ll look to repeat as the stolen base champion.
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3. Kolten Wong, St. Louis Cardinals
Kolten Wong hit just .249 with 52 runs, 12 home runs, 42 RBI and 20 stolen bases in 113 games. His BABIP (batting average on balls in play) was just .275. Given his speed, his luck should improve, which will boost his batting average and counting stats.
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4. Neil Walker, Pittsburgh Pirates
Neil Walker hit .271 last year with 74 runs, 23 home runs, 76 RBI and a pair of stolen bases. He has averaged 66.2 runs, 15.4 home runs and 69.4 RBI over the past five years while hitting .274.
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5. Howie Kendrick, Los Angeles Dodgers
Over the past six years Howie Kendrick hit .288 while averaging 68.5 runs, 11 home runs, 65.8 RBI and 12.2 stolen bases.
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6. Daniel Murphy, New York Mets
Daniel Murphy has hit .289 over the past five seasons while averaging 68.4 runs, 9.2 home runs, 62.4 RBI and 1 stolen bases.
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7. Josh Harrison, Pittsburgh Pirates
Josh Harrison has second base, third base and outfield eligibility. In 2014 he hit .315 with 77 runs, 13 home runs, 52 RBI and 18 stolen bases.
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8. Chase Utley, Philadelphia Phillies
Health is the key for Utley. He has averaged 73.5 runs, 14.5 home runs and nine stolen bases. He’s worth the risk.
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9. Martin Prado, Miami Marlins
Martin Prado has second base, third base and outfield eligibility. Over the past five seasons he hit .287 while averaging 75.8 runs, 12.8 home runs, 66.6 RBI and 6.4 stolen bases.
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10. Brandon Phillips, Cincinnati Reds
Brandon Phillips was routinely a top tier second baseman since 2006 before turning in a .266-44-8-51-2 line. He will turn 34 this summer, but is a decent bet to bounce back given his track record.
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Robinson Cano Seattle
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Here’s the 2015 Lester’s Legends AL-Only Second Base Rankings.
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1. Robinson Cano, Seattle Mariners
Robinson Cano hit .314 with 77 runs, 14 home runs, 82 RBI and 10 stolen bases in his first year with the Seattle Mariners. His power took a hit, but he is a .310 lifetime hitter that has averaged 87.6 runs, 21.8 home runs and 90.4 RBI.
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2. Jose Altuve, Houston Astros
Jose Altuve hit .341 with 85 runs, seven home runs, 59 RBI and 56 stolen bases. He has averaged 41.3 stolen bases over the past three years. Altuve is a great option for your batting average, runs and stolen bases categories.
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3. Ian Kinsler, Detroit Tigers
Ian Kinsler hit .275 with 100 runs, 17 home runs, 92 RBI and 15 stolen bases in his first year with the Detroit Tigers. Over the past eight years he averaged 97.9 runs, 19.9 home runs, 72 RBI and 22 stolen bases. Kinsler played in a career-high 161 games last year.
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4. Brian Dozier, Minnesota Twins
Brian Dozier hit .242 with 112 runs, 23 home runs, 71 RBI and 21 stolen bases. This after posting a .244-72-18-66-14 line. His batting average will sting a little, but he helps out in the four categories.
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5. Jason Kipnis, Cleveland Indians
Jason Kipnis struggled to the tune of a .240-61-6-41-22 line. In 2012 and 2013 he averaged 86 runs, 15.5 home runs, 71.5 RBI and 30.5 stolen bases.
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6. Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox
Dustin Pedroia took a step back last year hitting .278 with 72 runs, seven home runs, 53 RBI and six stolen bases. Over the past eight seasons he averaged 89.8 runs, 13 home runs, 67.4 RBI and 15.6 stolen bases while hitting .301. Look for Pedroia to bounce back.
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7. Ben Zobrist, Oakland A’s
Ben Zobrist is Mr. Utility. He is eligible at second base, shortstop and outfield. Zobrist hit .272 with 83 runs, 10 home runs, 52 RBI and 10 stolen bases in 2014. Over the past six years he averaged 85.8 runs, 16.5 home runs, 75.7 RBI and 15.8 stolen bases.
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8. Brett Lawrie, Oakland A’s
Brett Lawrie has second base and third base eligibility. He has yet to tap into his potential as injuries have limited him to 100.7 games over the past three seasons. Lawrie has averaged 11.3 home runs and 44 RBI during that stretch, which extrapolates to 18.2 home runs and 70.8 RBI. If he can stay healthy, maybe Lawrie will finally deliver on his promise.
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9. Asdrubal Cabrera, Tampa Bay Rays
Asdrubal Cabrera has second base and shortstop eligibility. Since 2011 he has averaged 74.3 runs, 17.3 home runs, 71.3 RBI and 11.3 stolen bases.
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10. Rougned Odor, Texas Rangers
Rougned Odor hit .259 with 39 runs, nine home runs, 48 RBI and four stolen bases in 114 games as a rookie. Look for improvement in year two.
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Paul Goldschmidt
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Here’s the 2015 Lester’s Legends First Base Rankings for NL-Only Leagues.
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1. Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks
Paul Goldschmidt followed up his .302-103-36-125-15 season by hitting .300 with 75 runs, 19 home runs, 69 RBI and nine stolen bases in just 109 games. In a full season that projects to a .300-111-28-103-13 line. He’s a five category stud.
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2. Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves
Freddie Freeman hit .288 with 93 runs, 18 home runs, 78 RBI and three stolen bases. In the past three years he averaged 91 runs, 21.3 home runs and 93.7 RBI. He’s a solid four-category option.
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3. Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs
Anthony Rizzo hit .286 last year with 89 runs, 32 home runs 78 RBI and five stolen bases. He has 70 home runs in his past 387 games, which works out to 29.3 home runs per 162 games.
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4. Adrian Gonzalez, Los Angeles Dodgers
Adrian Gonzalez hit .276 last year with 83 runs, 27 home runs, 116 RBI and a stolen base. Over the past nine years he averaged 28.3 home runs and 104.7 RBI.
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5. Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds
Joey Votto was limited to 62 games last year, but is a .310 lifetime hitter. From 2008-2013 he averaged 25.5 home runs and 85.5 RBI.
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6. Todd Frazier, Cincinnati Reds
Todd Frazier hit .273 with 88 runs, 28 home runs, 80 RBI and 20 stolen bases. He has averaged 22.3 home runs over the past three seasons. Frazier also has third base eligibility.
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7.  Mark Trumbo, Arizona Diamondbacks
Mark Trumbo hit just .235 in 2014, but he hit 14 home runs with 68 RBI in 362 at bats. He averaged 31.7 home runs and 94 RBI from 2011-13. You’ll have to live with Trumbo’s .247 career average. He also has outfielder eligibility.
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8. Lucas Duda, New York Mets
Lucas Duda hit .253 in 2014 with 74 runs, 30 home runs and 92 RBI. He averaged 15 home runs in 2012 and 2013 in 359.5 at bats.
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9.  Matt Adams, St. Louis Cardinals
Matt Adams hit .288 in 2014 with 15 home runs and 68 RBI. He has averaged 16 home runs the past two seasons in 411.5 at bats.
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10. Justin Morneau, Colorado Rockies
Justin Morneau hit .319 in 2014 with 17 home runs and 82 RBI. He is still a solid source for power.
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Miguel Cabrera Tigers
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Here’s the 2015 Lester’s Legends First Base Rankings for AL-Only Leagues.
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1. Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers
Miguel Cabrera had a down year by his standards, but he still managed to hit .313 with 101 runs, 25 home runs, 109 RBI and one stolen base. He’s a solid bet to lead all first basemen in most offensive categories.
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2. Jose Abreu, Chicago White Sox
Jose Abreu took Major League Baseball by storm by hitting .317 with 80 runs, 36 home runs, 107 RBI and three stolen bases. Abreu could easily lead all first basemen in home runs.
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3. Edwin Encarnacion, Toronto Blue Jays
Edwin Encarnacion has averaged 86 runs, 37.3 home runs and 104 RBI over the past three seasons. He’s a great bet for power, but as a .265 career hitter he could hurt you in the batting average category.
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4. Albert Pujols, Los Angeles Angels
Albert Pujols hit .272 with 89 runs, 28 home runs, 105 RBI and five stolen bases as he returned to form. He’s not the same slugger that he once was, but he’s still a dangerous option.
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5. Prince Fielder, Texas Rangers
A neck injury cost Prince Fielder the majority of the 2014 season, but he’s a guy that averaged 35.4 home runs and 107.5 RBI from 2006-2013. He’s risky, but you know what he can bring to the table from a power perspective. Fielder is also a .285 lifetime hitter.
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6. Victor Martinez, Detroit Tigers
Victor Martinez turned in the finest season of his career in 2014 despite being 35. He set career highs by hitting .335 with 32 home runs. Martinez scored 87 run and knocked in 103 RBI. It was the first time that V-Mart topped 25 home runs. V-Mart has first base eligibility as well, which helps his value.
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7. Chris Davis, Baltimore Orioles
Chris Davis hit .196 in 2014, but still finished with 26 home runs and 72 RBI. He has averaged 37.3 home runs and 98.3 RBI over the past three seasons.
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8. Carlos Santana, Cleveland Indians
Carlos Santana played 26 games at third base last year giving him positional eligibility (along with first base). He hit .231 last year with 68 runs, 27 home runs, 85 RBI and five stolen bases. You’ll have to live with the .248 lifetime batting average, but he has averaged 23 home runs and 78.5 RBI over the past four seasons.
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9. Chris Carter, Houston Astros
Chris Carter will do some damage to your batting average. He hit .227 in 2014 to raise his career batting average to .222. Carter smacked 37 home runs and posted 88 RBI. His two-year averages for 2013 and 2014 are 33 home runs and 85 RBI. If you can offset Carter’s average, you’ll appreciate his power.
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10. Adam LaRoche, Chicago White Sox
Adam LaRoche hit .259 in 2014 with 26 home runs and 92 RBI. In the past 10 seasons he has averaged 23 home runs and 79.3 RBI.
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MLB: Atlanta Braves at Philadelphia Phillies
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Here’s the first look at the 2015 Lester’s Legends Closer Rankings.
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1. Craig Kimbrel, Atlanta Braves
Craig Kimbrel turned in another outstanding season in 2014 by compiling 47 saves, a 1.61 ERA, a 0.91 WHIP and 95 strikeouts in 61.2 innings. His average season over the past four years consists of 46.3 saves, a 1.51 ERA, a 0.88 WHIP and 109 strikeouts in 67.1 innings.
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2. Aroldis Chapman, Cincinnati Reds
In 2014 Aroldis Chapman topped 100 strikeouts for the third straight season. He recorded 36 saves, 106 strikeouts, a 2.00 ERA and a 0.83 WHIP despite missing the. Over the past three seasons Chapman has averaged 37.3 saves, 113.3 strikeouts, a 2.00 ERA and a 0.89 WHIP.
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3. Greg Holland, Kansas City Royals
Greg Holland collected 46 saves, a 1.44 ERA, a 0.91 WHIP and 90 strikeouts in 62.1 innings in 2014. In 2013 he had 47 saves, a 1.21 ERA, a 0.87 WHIP and 103 strikeouts in 67 innings.
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4. Dellin Betances, New York Yankees
Dellin Betances went 5-0 in 2014 with a save, a 1.40 ERA, a 0.78 WHIP and 135 strikeouts in 90 innings. His inning total (and subsequently his strikeout totals) are likely to dip, but he should be among the leaders in strikeouts among relief pitchers.
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5. David Robertson, Chicago White Sox
David Robertson recorded 39 saves, a 3.08 ERA, a 1.06 WHIP with 96 strikeouts in 64.1 innings as he replaced Mariano Rivera. Robertson has 524 strikeouts in 393.1 career innings.
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6. Koji Uehara, Boston Red Sox
Koji Uehara posted 26 saves in 2014 with a 2.52 ERA, a 0.92 WHIP and 80 strikeouts in 64.1 innings. He had 101 strikeouts in 74.1 innings in 2013.
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7. Cody Allen, Cleveland Indians
Cody Allen collected 24 saves in 2014 with a 2.07 ERA, a 1.06 WHIP and 91 strikeouts in 69.2 innings. Allen struck out 88 in 70.1 innings in 2013 with a 2.43 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP.
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8. Mark Melancon, Pittsburgh Pirates
Mark Melancon saved 33 games in 2014 with a 1.90 ERA, a 0.87 WHIP and 71 strikeouts in 71 innings. In 2013 he had 16 saves, a 1.39 ERA, a 0.96 WHIP and 70 strikeouts in 71 innings.

9. Trevor Rosenthal, St. Louis Cardinals
Trevor Rosenthal saved 45 games in 2014 while sporting a 3.20 ERA with 87 strikeouts in 70.1 innings. He had 108 strikeouts in 75.1 innings in 2013.
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10. Fernando Rodney, Seattle Mariners
Fernando Rodney led the Majors in saves in 2014 with 48 while sporting a 2.85 ERA with 76 strikeouts in 66.1 innings. He’s not a sexy choice, but he has averaged 44.3 saves the past three seasons.
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Clayton Kershaw
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Here’s the first look at the 2015 Lester’s Legends Starting Pitcher Rankings.
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1. Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers
Clayton Kershaw remains the best pitcher in baseball as he won his third Cy Young in the past four seasons. In 2014 he went 21-3 with a 1.77 ERA, a 0.86 WHIP and 239 strikeouts. Since 2011 Kershaw is 72-26 with 237 strikeouts per season, a 2.11 ERA and a 0.95 WHIP.
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2. Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners
Felix Hernandez went 15-6 in 2014 with 248 strikeouts, a 2.14 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP. Since 2009 King Felix is 86-56 with 226.3 strikeouts per season, a 2.73 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP.
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3. Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals
Max Scherzer is 55-15 over the past three seasons while averaging 241 strikeouts with a 3.24 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP. The move to the National League should pay dividends for Scherzer.
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4. Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants
Madison Bumgarner went 18-10 in 2014 with 219 strikeouts, a 2.98 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP. For his career he has a 3.06 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP. Bumgarner matured before our eyes as he went 4-1 with a 1.03 ERA and a 0.65 WHIP with 45 strikeouts in 52.2 innings en route to a World Series title.
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5. David Price, Detroit Tigers
David Price went 15-12 with a league-high 270 strikeouts, a 3.26 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP in 2014. He’s 86-51 with a 3.21 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP throughout his career.
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6. Chris Sale, Chicago White Sox
Chris Sale went 12-4 in 2014 with 208 strikeouts, a 2.17 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP in 174 innings. In 674.2 career innings Sale is 44-29 with 737 strikeouts, a 2.76 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP.
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7. Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals
In 2014 Stephen Strasburg went 14-11 with 242 strikeouts, a 3.14 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP. For his career Strasburg is 43-30 with 746 strikeouts, a 3.02 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP in 649.1 innings.
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8. Zack Greinke, Los Angeles Dodgers
Zack Greinke was 17-8 in 2014 with 207 strikeouts, a 2.71 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP. In 2013, his first year with the Dodgers, Greinke was 15-4 with a 2.63 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP.
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9.  Yu Darvish, Texas Rangers
Yu Darvis was 10-7 with 182 strikeouts, a 3.06 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP in 2014 in 144.1 innings. In three years Darvish is 39-25 with a 3.27 ERA, a 1.20 WHIP and 680 strikeouts in 545.1 innings.
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10. Corey Kluber, Cleveland Indians
Corey Kluber went 18-9 in 2014 with 269 strikeouts, a 2.44 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP. He was 11-5 with a 3.85 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP in 2013.
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11. Jordan Zimmermann, Washington Nationals
Jordan Zimmermann went 14-5 with a 2.66 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP in 2014. Since 2012 he’s 45-22 with a 3.01 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP.
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12. Johnny Cueto, Cincinnati Reds
Johnny Cueto was 20-9 in 2014 with 242 strikeouts, a 2.25 ERA and a 0.96 WHIP. Since 2011 he’s 53-25 with a 2.48 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP.
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13. Cole Hamels, Philadelphia Phillies
Cole Hamels was 9-9 with a 2.46 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP in 2014. For his career he’s 108-83 with a 3.27 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP.
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14. Adam Wainwright, St. Louis Cardinals
Adam Wainwright was 20-9 in 2014 with a 2.38 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP. The past two years he’s 39-18 with a 2.67 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP.
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15. Jon Lester, Chicago Cubs
Jon Lester was 16-11 in 2014 with 220 strikeouts, a 2.46 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP. Lifetime he is 116-67 with a 3.58 ERA. Lester should do well in the National League.
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16. Julio Teheran, Atlanta Braves
Julio Teheran went 14-13 in 2014, but he had a 2.89 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP. Over the past two seasons he’s 28-21 with a 3.03 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP.
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17. Matt Harvey, New York Mets
Matt Harvey was 12-10 in 2013 with a 2.27 ERA and a 0.93 WHIP. For his career he has a 2.39 ERA, a 0.98 WHIP and 261 strikeouts in 237.2 innings. He missed the 2014 season following Tommy John surgery, but should be ready to dominate once again.
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18. Jeff Samardzija, Chicago White Sox
Jeff Samardzija went 7-13 in 2014 despite a 2.99 ERA, a 1.07 WHIP and 202 strikeouts. He’ll try pitching on the other side of town.
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19. Hisashi Iwakuma, Seattle Mariners
Hisashi Iwakuma was 15-9 with a 3.52 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP in 2014. In three years he’s 38-20 with a 3.07 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP.
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20. Alex Cobb, Tampa Bay Rays
Alex Cobb was 10-9 in 2014 with a 2.87 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP. He’s 21-12 in the past two seasons with a 2.82 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP.
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David Oritz thumbs up
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Here’s the first look at the 2015 Lester’s Legends Designated Hitter Rankings.
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1. Edwin Encarnacion, Toronto Blue Jays
Edwin Encarnacion has averaged 86 runs, 37.3 home runs and 104 RBI over the past three seasons. He’s a great bet for power, but as a .265 career hitter he could hurt you in the batting average category. Encarnacion also has first base eligibility.
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2. David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox
David Ortiz just keeps raking. His averaged dipped to .263 in 2014, but Big Papi hit 35 home runs with 104 RBI. If he can match that home run total this year he’ll reach the 500 mark.
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3. Victor Martinez, Detroit Tigers
Victor Martinez turned in the finest season of his career in 2014 despite being 35. He set career highs by hitting .335 with 32 home runs. Martinez scored 87 run and knocked in 103 RBI. It was the first time that V-Mart topped 25 home runs. V-Mart has first base eligibility as well, which helps his value.
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4. Nelson Cruz, Seattle Mariners
Nelson Cruz hit .271 with 87 runs, 40 home runs, 108 RBI and four stolen bases in 2014. He will turn 35 this summer and has moved to Seattle, which should hurt his power numbers. Cruz has averaged 29.2 home runs over the past six seasons. Cruz has outfield eligibility as well.
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5. Chris Carter, Houston Astros
Chris Carter will do some damage to your batting average. He hit .227 in 2014 to raise his career batting average to .222. Carter smacked 37 home runs and posted 88 RBI. His two-year averages for 2013 and 2014 are 33 home runs and 85 RBI. If you can offset Carter’s average, you’ll appreciate his power.
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6. Shin-Soo Choo, Texas Rangers
Shin-Soo Choo hit .242 in 2014 with 58 runs, 13 home runs, 40 RBI and three stolen bases. From 2009-2013 he hit .288 while averaging 80 runs, 17.4 home runs, 66.6 RBI and 19.2 stolen bases. Choo also has outfielder eligibility.
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7. Billy Butler, Oakland A’s
Billy Butler hit .271 in 2014 with 57 runs, nine home runs and 66 RBI. He has hit .295 in his eight-year career while averaging 62.8 runs, 15.9 home runs and 78.5 RBI. He doesn’t excel in any category, but Butler is pretty solid in four. He also has first base eligibility.
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8. Carlos Beltran, New York Yankees
Carlos Beltran hit .233 in 2014 with 46 runs, 15 home runs and 49 RBI while dealing with elbow issues. He underwent surgery and should return to form. From 2011-2013 he averaged 80 runs, 26 home runs and 88.3 RBI. Beltran also has outfield eligibility, which helps his value.
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9. Kennys Vargas, Minnesota Twins
Kennys Vargas hit .274 in 2014 with 26 runs, nine home runs and 38 RBI in 53 games. That put him on a pace for 79 runs, 28 home runs and 116 RBI. He likely won’t reach those numbers, but he should be able to put up solid power numbers.
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10. Kendrys Morales, Kansas City Royals
Kendrys Morales was limited to 98 games in 2014 and finished with eight home runs and 42 RBI. He averaged 22.5 home runs and 76.5 RBI in 2012 and 2013.
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