Third base runs deep with talented ballplayers. The tenth-best guy on this list has a Gold Glove and two Silver Sluggers. The ninth-ranked player has won multiple Most Valuable Player awards throughout his Hall of Fame career. Number eight on the list has a 48 home run season on his record. And, none of these guys could even crack the top eight at the hot corner.
The following players are ranked as if a General Manager were able to start a team with any third baseman he wanted, without any salary considerations. This team would then be dismantled after the 2012 season ended.
The players’ salaries and potential in future seasons are not considered. However, defense and base running are included in the evaluation of the players. As a result, these are not Fantasy rankings.
The ranking of the top two players was a choice between two elite players. One of them is an all-around stud. He can field, hit and run well above average. The other guy will likely go down as one of the better players to ever swing a bat in the Major Leagues. His offensive stats are off the charts.
These predictions are forward-looking, so some educated guesswork is involved. This means trying to predict if Alex Rodriguez will fail to reach 100 games again, or if he has gotten past his injury plagued seasons. That choice could swing A-Rod's ranking by several spots. Alas, no crystal ball exists to make such predictions with 100 percent accuracy.