Paul Goldschmidt
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Here’s the 2014 LestersLegends First Base Rankings for NL-Only Leagues.
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1. Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks
All Paul Goldschmidt did last year was hit .302 with 103 runs, 36 home runs, 125 RBI and 15 stolen bases. His success should come as no surprise as he posted a .286-82-20-82-18 line in 2012. Goldschmidt was a highly touted prospect that has gradually become a star. At 26 he has solidified himself as the premiere first basemen in baseball.
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2. Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds
Joey Votto was a little disappointing posting a .305-101-24-73-6 line last year, but he managed to play a full season after managing just 111 in 2012. He’s a .314 hitter and has scored at least 100 runs three different years. He won’t overwhelm you with his power, but he’s a steady.
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3. Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves
Freddie Freeman posted a stellar .319-89-23-109-1 line. The Braves took care of him with a huge contract extension. He’s just 24, but he already has three seasons with at least 20 home runs. He should just continue to grow.
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4. Mark Trumbo, Arizona Diamondbacks
Trumbo will transition to the outfield for the D’backs. He has averaged 31.7 home runs and 94 RBI over the past three seasons. His eligibility at outfield gives him added versatility.
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5. Adrian Gonzalez, Los Angeles Dodgers
Adrian Gonzalez’s power has dipped since leaving Boston, but he continues to provide a healthy batting average and plenty of RBI. Last year he posted a .293-69-22-100-1 line. The Dodgers should have a potent lineup, which should put A-Gone in line for another stellar year.
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6. Allen Craig, St. Louis Cardinals
Allen Craig hit .315 with 71 runs, 13 home runs and 97 RBI. He doesn’t provide much power for the position, but he’s hit .311 with 94.5 RBI per season over the past two years.
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7. Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs
Anthony Rizzo hit just .233, but he mashed 23 home runs with 80 RBI. He hit .285 in 337 at-bats in 2012 so he could turn things around, particularly if he can improve on his .258 BABIP.
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8. Brandon Belt, San Francisco Giants
Brandon Belt hit .289 with 76 runs, 17 home runs, 67 RBI and five stolen bases. He’ll give you a nice average and a little pop.
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9. Justin Morneau, Colorado Rockies
Justin Morneau’s 152 games played were his most since 2008. He finished with 17 home runs and 77 RBI. He had 19 HRs and 77 RBI in 2012. Going to Colorado should help improve Morneau’s numbers.
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10. Adam LaRoche, Washington Nationals
Adam LaRoche has quietly hit at had at least 20 home runs and 75 RBI in seven of the last nine seasons. He’s not flashy, but he’s consistent.
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Chris Davis Orioles
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Here’s the 2014 LestersLegends First Base Rankings for AL-Only Leagues. I’m not including the likes of Carlos Santana or Joe Mauer because you’re likely using them in your catcher slot.
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1. Chris Davis, Baltimore Orioles
Chris Davis has been a power prospect since 2008 when he 17 home runs in 295 at bats for the Texas Rangers. After some struggles, he figured things out in 2012 when he posted a .270-75-33-85-2 line for the Baltimore Orioles. Last year he exploded to the tune of .286-103-53-138-4.
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2. Prince Fielder, Texas Rangers
Prince Fielder is another impressive power source. His move to Texas should only improve his numbers. Over the past eight seasons Fielder has averaged 35.4 home runs and 107.5 RBI. Plus, as a .286 lifetime hitter, he doesn’t drag down your batting average.
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3. Edwin Encarnacion, Toronto Blue Jays
Sure Edwin Encarnacion regressed from his monster.280-93-42-110-13, but his 2013 line of .272-90-36-104-7 is nothing to sneeze at. Encarnacion should continue to mash.
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4. Albert Pujols, Los Angeles Angels
Think the Angels are having buyer’s remorse? Albert Pujols was limited to 99 games and posted a .258-49-17-64-1 line. His foot is healthy and he should get back on track. Fantasy owners should be able to get him at a discount.
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5. Eric Hosmer, Kansas City Royals
Eric Hosmer put up a .302-86-17-79-11 line last year, proving his .232 2012 batting average was a fluke. He doesn’t provide great power numbers, but he has stolen double-digit bases in each of his three years in the league.
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6. Mike Napoli, Boston Red Sox
Mike Napoli hit .259, but he scored 79 runs with 23 home runs and 92 RBI. He gives you power, but you’ll have to deal with a lot of strikeouts and a low batting average.
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7. Jose Daniel Abreu, Chicago White Sox
Jose Daniel Abreu is an unknown commodity after defecting from Cuba where he hit .316 with 19 home runs and 60 RBIs in 83 games. He’s a little risky, but he has plenty of potential.
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8. Brandon Moss, Oakland A’s
Brandon Moss hit .256 last year, but he scored 73 runs with 30 home runs and 87 RBI. He had 21 home runs in 2012 so the power is for real.
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9. Chris Carter, Houston Astros
You’ll have to live with his .223 average, but Carter slugged 29 home runs with 82 RBI.
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10. Mark Teixeira, New York Yankees
Mark Teixeira had a lost season, only playing 15 games. He hit .151 with three home runs and 12 RBI. He is coming off wrist surgery so he’s a bit of a risk. Teixeira has a long track record though so he’s worth a gamble.
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Paul Goldschmidt
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Here’s the first look at the 2014 Lester’s Legends’ First Base Rankings. I’m not including the likes of Buster Posey, Carlos Santana or Joe Mauer because you’re likely using them in your catcher slot.
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1. Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks
All Paul Goldschmidt did last year was hit .302 with 103 runs, 36 home runs, 125 RBI and 15 stolen bases. His success should come as no surprise as he posted a .286-82-20-82-18 line in 2012. Goldschmidt was a highly touted prospect that has gradually become a star. At 26 he has solidified himself as the premiere first basemen in baseball.
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2. Chris Davis, Baltimore Orioles
Chris Davis has been a power prospect since 2008 when he 17 home runs in 295 at bats for the Texas Rangers. After some struggles, he figured things out in 2012 when he posted a .270-75-33-85-2 line for the Baltimore Orioles. Last year he exploded to the tune of .286-103-53-138-4. If you’re looking for pure power, he’d be your top option. Goldschmidt just provides a little more balance.
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3. Prince Fielder, Texas Rangers
Prince Fielder is another impressive power source. His move to Texas should only improve his numbers. Over the past eight seasons Fielder has averaged 35.4 home runs and 107.5 RBI. Plus, as a .286 lifetime hitter, he doesn’t drag down your batting average.
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4. Edwin Encarnacion, Toronto Blue Jays
Sure Edwin Encarnacion regressed from his monster.280-93-42-110-13, but his 2013 line of .272-90-36-104-7 is nothing to sneeze at. Encarnacion should continue to mash.
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5. Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds
Joey Votto was a little disappointing posting a .305-101-24-73-6 line last year, but he managed to play a full season after managing just 111 in 2012. He’s a .314 hitter and has scored at least 100 runs three different years. He won’t overwhelm you with his power, but he’s a steady.
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6. Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves
Freddie Freeman posted a stellar .319-89-23-109-1 line. The Braves took care of him with huge contract extension. He’s just 24, but he already has three seasons with at least 20 home runs. He should just continue to grow.
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7. Mark Trumbo, Arizona Diamondbacks
Trumbo will transition to the outfield for the D’backs. He has averaged 31.7 home runs and 94 home runs over the past three seasons. His eligibility at outfield gives him added versatility.
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8. Adrian Gonzalez, Los Angeles Dodgers
Adrian Gonzalez’s power has dipped since leaving Boston, but he continues to provide a healthy batting average and plenty of RBI. Last year he posted a .293-69-22-100-1 line. The Dodgers should have a potent lineup, which should put A-Gone in line for another stellar year.
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9. Albert Pujols, Los Angeles Angels
Think the Angels are having buyer’s remorse? Albert Pujols was limited to 99 games and posted a .258-49-17-64-1 line. His foot is healthy and he should get back on track. Fantasy owners should be able to get him at a discount.
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10. Eric Hosmer, Kansas City Royals
Eric Hosmer put up a .302-86-17-79-11 line last year, proving his .232 2012 batting average was a fluke. He doesn’t provide great power numbers, but he has stolen double-digit bases in each of his three years in the league.
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Here’s the 2013 LestersLegends First Base Rankings for NL-Only Leagues.
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1. Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds
Votto was limited to 111 games and 374 at bats, but his 1.041 OPS was ridiculous. His knee should be healthy and he should once again be a dominant force.
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2. Adrian Gonzalez, Los Angeles Dodgers
Gonzalez had just six home runs through the end of June, but managed to hit a dozen the rest of the way to finish with a .299-75-18-108-2 line. His second half OPS was 133 points higher than his first half mark. The Dodgers figure to have a potent offense in 2013 with A-Gone as one of the anchors.
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3. Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks
Goldschmidt had a solid .286-82-20-82-18 line in his first full season. The stolen base total puts him ahead of similar young options.
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4. Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs
Rizzo played in just 87 games, but managed to hit 15 home runs with 44 runs and 48 runs batted in. He’s just 23 years old and handled big league pitching well. Look for continued growth.
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5. Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves
Freeman posted his second straight 20-plus home run season. His average dipped from .282 to .259, but his run total (67 to 91) and RBI total (76 to 94) climbed. Freeman is another one of the young first basemen (23) that should continue to grow.
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6.  Allen Craig, St. Louis Cardinals
Last year he posted a terrific .307-76-22-92-2 line. You may want to add a solid backup because he does have a tendency to get hurt.
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7. Adam LaRoche, Washington Nationals
LaRoche is far from a sexy pick, yet he continues to hit 25 home runs and drive in around 90 runs without being a batting average liability.
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8. Ike Davis, New York Mets
Davis had a terrible average last year (.227). He’s a better hitter than that. He did smack 32 home runs. He should improve his average and still provide some pop.
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9. Brandon Belt, San Francisco Giants
Belt posted a decent .275-47-7-56-12 line in 411 at bats last year. He’ll turn 25 in April and this could be the year he puts it together. I really like his stolen base production last year.
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10. Ryan Howard, Philadelphia Phillies
Through injury and general decline, Howard could be a decent value pick. You’ll have to live with the average, but the power numbers should be there.
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Albert Pujols Angels batting
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Here’s the 2013 LestersLegends First Base Rankings for AL-Only Leagues.
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1. Albert Pujols, Los Angeles Angels
By his standards, the .285-85-30-105-8 line he turned in last year was disappointing. His OPS improved from .794 in the first half to .935 in the second half. He’s settled in and is part of an even more impressive lineup with Josh Hamilton on board. Monster numbers should return.
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2. Prince Fielder, Detroit Tigers
Fielder had a slight dip in production outside of batting average, but you can’t be upset with a .313-83-30-108-1 line. Fielder also improved in the second half with his OPS going from .885 to 1.006.
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3. Billy Butler, Kansas City Royals
Butler is primarily a designated hitter, but he did play 20 games at first base last year so he should have eligibility in your league. Butler finally showed what he’s capable of with a .313-72-29-107-2 line. With his size, the power should not be a fluke. He has already proved that he’s a capable hitter.
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 4. Edwin Encarnacion, Toronto Blue Jays
We know the power is for real, but last year he put together a complete season (.280-93-42-110-13). Regression is likely, but with Toronto’s potent lineup, he should deliver once again.
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5. Mike Napoli, Boston Red Sox
Napoli has plenty of power and landed in a good spot. He has a 1.107 career OPS in Fenway. He should be highly productive in their lineup.
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6. Paul Konerko, Chicago White Sox
Konerko is 37, but he hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down. He’s a strong bet for 20-25 home runs while driving in a fair share of RBI and posting a solid batting average.
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7. Mark Teixeira, New York Yankees
Teixeira isn’t old (33 in April), but with three straight years with a batting average less than .260 (.252 during the span), he is a liability in that category. He still clubbed 24 home runs in 123 games. He’ll miss at least a month of action, which hurts his value.
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8. Kendrys Morales, Seattle Mariners
Morales will serve as the designated hitter for the Mariners, but he has first base eligibility in most leagues. He should be even healthier in 2013 and able to build on his .273-61-22-73-0 line as he is almost certain to have more than the 484 at bats he had last year.
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9. Eric Hosmer, Kansas City Royals
Hosmer regressed in his second season going from a .293-66-19-78-11 line to a .232-65-14-60-16 line in his sophomore year. I like his stolen base potential at his position, and I think his improves in the other four 5×5 categories.
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10. Justin Morneau, Minnesota Twins
I don’t think he’ll ever be the same player he once was, but he’s worth a gamble late in drafts.
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Allen Craig
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We already looked at the LestersLegends’ top 10 fantasy baseball first basemen for 2013, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t additional options if you choose to wait on filling your first base slot to address shallower positions. Alternatively, many leagues offer corner infield slots, which put these options on your radar.
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Brandon Belt, San Francisco Giants
Belt posted a decent .275-47-7-56-12 line in 411 at bats last year. He’ll turn 25 in April and this could be the year he puts it together. I really like his stolen base production last year. He’s better used as a corner infielder than a low-end fantasy first baseman.
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Allen Craig, St. Louis Cardinals
Craig is worthy of being a starting fantasy first baseman. Last year he posted a terrific .307-76-22-92-2 line. You may want to add a solid backup because he does have a tendency to get hurt.
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Ike Davis, New York Mets
Davis had a terrible average last year (.227). He’s a better hitter than that. He did smack 32 home runs. He should improve his average and still provide some pop.
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Eric Hosmer, Kansas City Royals
Hosmer regressed in his second season going from a .293-66-19-78-11 line to a .232-65-14-60-16 line in his sophomore year. I like his stolen base potential at his position, and I think his improves in the other four 5×5 categories.
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Ryan Howard, Philadelphia Phillies
Through injury and general decline, Howard could be a decent value pick. You’ll have to live with the average, but the power numbers should be there.
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Paul Konerko, Chicago White Sox
Konerko will turn 37 next month, but he hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down. He’s a strong bet for 20-25 home runs while driving in a fair share of RBI and posting a solid batting average.
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Adam LaRoche, Washington Nationals
LaRoche is far from a sexy pick, yet he continues to hit 25 home runs and drive in around 90 runs without being a batting average liability.
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Kendrys Morales, Seattle Mariners
Morales will serve as the designated hitter for the Mariners, but he has first base eligibility in most leagues. He should be even healthier in 2013 and able to build on his .273-61-22-73-0 line as he is almost certain to have more than the 484 at bats he had last year.
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Justin Morneau, Minnesota Twins
I don’t think he’ll ever be the same player he once was, but he’s worth a gamble late in drafts.
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Mike Napoli, Boston Red Sox
Napoli has plenty of power and landed in a good spot. He has a 1.107 career OPS in Fenway. He should be highly productive in their lineup.
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Albert Pujols Angels batting
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Here’s the first look at the 2013 LestersLegends First Base Rankings. Click here for additional 2013 Fantasy Baseball First Base Options
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1. Albert Pujols, Los Angeles Angels
By his standards, the .285-85-30-105-8 line he turned in last year was disappointing. His OPS improved from .794 in the first half to .935 in the second half. He’s settled in and is part of an even more impressive lineup with Josh Hamilton on board. Monster numbers should return.
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2. Prince Fielder, Detroit Tigers
Fielder had a slight dip in production outside of batting average, but you can’t be upset with a .313-83-30-108-1 line. Fielder also improved in the second half with his OPS going from .885 to 1.006.
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3. Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds
Votto was limited to 111 games and 374 at bats, but his 1.041 OPS was ridiculous. His knee should be healthy and he should once again be a dominant force.
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4. Adrian Gonzalez, Los Angeles Dodgers
Gonzalez had just six home runs through the end of June, but managed to hit a dozen the rest of the way to finish with a .299-75-18-108-2 line. His second half OPS was 133 points higher than his first half mark. The Dodgers figure to have a potent offense in 2013 with A-Gone as one of the anchors.
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5. Billy Butler, Kansas City Royals
Butler is primarily a designated hitter, but he did play 20 games at first base last year so he should have eligibility in your league. Butler finally showed what he’s capable of with a .313-72-29-107-2 line. With his size, the power should not be a fluke. He has already proved that he’s a capable hitter.
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6. Edwin Encarnacion, Toronto Blue Jays
We know the power is for real, but last year he put together a complete season (.280-93-42-110-13). Regression is likely, but with Toronto’s potent lineup, he should deliver once again.
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7. Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks
Goldschmidt had a solid .286-82-20-82-18 line in his first full season. The stolen base total puts him ahead of similar young options.
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8. Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs
Rizzo played in just 87 games, but managed to hit 15 home runs with 44 runs and 48 runs batted in. He’s just 23 years old and handled big league pitching well. Look for continued growth.
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9. Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves
Freeman posted his second straight 20-plus home run season. His average dipped from .282 to .259, but his run total (67 to 91) and RBI total (76 to 94) climbed. Freeman is another one of the young first basemen (23) that should continue to grow.
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10. Mark Teixeira, New York Yankees
Teixeira isn’t old (33 in April), but with three straight years with a batting average less than .260 (.252 during the span), he is a liability in that category. He still clubbed 24 home runs in 123 games. No longer a lock for 100 runs, 30 home runs and 100 RBI, but he should be good for 80 runs, 30 HRs and 90 RBI.
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