Third basemen just continue to take a beating, as it feels like we need a daily injury report to sort through the mess. Lucky for fantasy owners the position is not a complete black hole, like it once was. Let’s take a look at how things currently stack up given the recent news:
1) Miguel Cabrera – Detroit Tigers
2) Adrian Beltre – Texas Rangers
3) Evan Longoria – Tampa Bay Rays
4) David Wright – New York Mets
5) Ryan Zimmerman – Washington Nationals
6) Aramis Ramirez – Milwaukee Brewers
7) Kyle Seager – Seattle Mariners
8) Pablo Sandoval – San Francisco Giants
9) Hanley Ramirez – Los Angeles Dodgers
10) Chase Headley – San Diego Padres
11) Brett Lawrie – Toronto Blue Jays
12) Mike Moustakas – Kansas City Royals
13) Will Middlebrooks – Boston Red Sox
14) Marin Prado – Arizona Diamondbacks
15) Michael Young – Philadelphia Phillies
- Kyle Seager started the year around tenth on this list, but injuries have helped to push him up a few spots. There is risk involved after his 2012 breakout, but there are a lot of things working in his favor. The Mariners improved the lineup around and brought in the fences (an especially nice positive given the fact that he hit .293 with 15 HR on the road), both of which should help. Seager also posted a below average BABIP (.286) and makes good contact. He should be in position to post another strong season.
- We have yet to get definitive news on Pablo Sandoval but considering there were weekend reports that he couldn’t get through a game of catch without an issue raises a huge red flag. At this point we have to think surgery is in his future, which would most likely cost him the first few weeks of the season.
- Both Hanley Ramirez and Chase Headley will be missing a decent amount of time early, but their potential when healthy keeps them both in the Top 10. You will want to make sure you pair either one with a strong option for while they are out. Either a youngster with upside (Mike Moustakas or Brett Lawrie, for instance) or someone with eligibility elsewhere (like Martin Prado). The latter may be the most ideal situation, since you could still capitalize on Prado once Ramirez or Headley are back in action.
- All signs point to David Wright being ready for Opening Day. Time will tell, as intercostal strains are tricky business, but unless something changes plan on using him for the first week of the season.
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