Top 15 First Basemen For 2011: Adrian Gonzalez Trade Fallout

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With Adrian Gonzalez officially being dealt to Boston, there has been a major shakeup in our first base rankings.  Let’s take a look at how things currently stand:

  1. Albert Pujols – St. Louis Cardinals
  2. Miguel Cabrera – Detroit Tigers
  3. Joey Votto – Cincinnati Reds
  4. Mark Teixeira – New York Yankees
  5. Adrian Gonzalez – Boston Red Sox
  6. Prince Fielder – Milwaukee Brewers
  7. Ryan Howard – Philadelphia Phillies
  8. Kevin Youkilis – Boston Red Sox
  9. Kendry Morales – Los Angeles Angels
  10. Justin Morneau – Minnesota Twins
  11. Adam Dunn – Chicago White Sox
  12. Billy Butler – Kansas City Royals
  13. Victor Martinez – Detroit Tigers
  14. Paul Konerko – Free Agent
  15. Buster Posey – San Francisco

Thoughts:

  • Over the past four seasons Adrian Gonzalez has hit 137 home runs, with only 47 coming at home. Clearly, the move from Petco Park to Fenway Park is going to do wonders for his potential value. With Ryan Howard, Prince Fielder & Mark Teixeira all coming off down seasons, it is easy to immediately push Gonzalez into the Top 5. It’ll be really interesting to see how it all plays out, but let the debate begin.
  • As I discussed earlier, Adam Dunn’s move to the White Sox does little to change his fantasy value. He’s one of the elite power hitters in the game and is worth owning in all formats.
  • Victor Martinez may struggle with his power now that he’s playing in Detroit, but he will also likely see time at DH, giving him more AB and more of an opportunity for counting stats. We all know that his true value lies in his catcher eligibility and that no one is going to draft him as a 1B, but that doesn’t mean he lacks value here (the same thing can be said for Buster Posey).
  • The next players on the list are Ike Davis & Aubrey Huff, both of whom just missed.

What are your thoughts on these rankings?  Whose too high?  Whose too low?

Make sure to check out our early 2011 rankings:

1 COMMENT

  1. I’ve always viewed Adrian as a tad overvalued, but I’d probably even take him over Teixeira at this point.

    Going from a stadium that depresses runs by 20% to one that boosts runs by 10% is a massive difference.

  2. Andrew, I wrestled with how to place the two of them and it wouldn’t surprise me if the end up flipping spots the next time I publish rankings. It is so close that it’s pretty much a preference.

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