Here’s the first look at the 2014 Lester’s Legends’ Designated Hitter Rankings.
1. David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox
Big Papi just keeps delivering. He hit .309 with 84 runs, 30 home runs and 103 RBI. He hit .688 with two home runs and six RBI during the World Series.
2. Carlos Santana, Cleveland Indians
Carlos Santana has eligibility at catcher and first base, but he will serve as Cleveland's primary DH. He has averaged 77 runs, 21.7 home runs and 76.3 RBI over the past three seasons.
3. Billy Butler, Kansas City Royals
Billy Butler hit .289 with 62 runs, 15 home runs and 82 RBI. It was a little disappointing after hitting .313 with 29 home runs and 107 RBI in 2012, but he's been solid for the past five years averaging .302 with 72.66 runs, 19.8 home runs and 91 RBI.
4. Alfonso Soriano, New York Yankees
The additions of Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran moves Soriano to DH. He hit .255 last year, but he scored 84 runs with 34 home runs, 101 RBI and 18 stolen bases. Soriano has outfield eligibility, which adds to his value.
5. Victor Martinez, Detroit Tigers
Victor Martinez hit .301 with 68 runs, 14 home runs and 83 RBI. The Tigers will use him at catcher more this season (via Tom Gage of The Detroit News), which would add to his appeal.
6. Adam Lind, Toronto Blue Jays
Adam Lind hit .288 last year with 67 runs, 23 home runs and 67 RBI. He has averaged 23.6 home runs and 77 RBI over the past five seasons.
7. Chris Carter, Houston Astros
You'll have to live with his .223 average, but Carter slugged 29 home runs with 82 RBI.
8. Mitch Moreland, Texas Rangers
Mitch Moreland has averaged 18 home runs over the past three seasons. He offers some pop, but he is a .253 hitter.
9. Adam Dunn, Chicago White Sox
Dunn is a career .238 hitter but has 11 seasons with at least 26 home runs. He'll yield some at-bats to Paul Konerko, which hurts his value.
10. Matt Joyce, Tampa Bay Rays
Matt Joyce is a .249 career hitter but has averaged 18 home runs over the past three years. He can add some pop to your lineup.
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