Rodriguez, Jeter, Cano, Texiera: Best Infield in MLB History?
When Brian Cashman acquired Alex Rodriguez in 2004 by giving up Soriano, he said that they now have the best left side of the infield in the history of baseball. Now in 2010, the question is: do the Yankees have the best INFIELD in the history of basbeall. I'm going to break it down, player by player, and see if YOU can find a better infield than these four talented players.
At First Base: Mark Texiera
This guy placed 2nd in the AL MVP voting. He's great with the glove, making everyone on the infield better. He can also hit for average (around .300), and hit more than 35HRs. Maybe the best 1B in MLB.
At Second Base: Robinson Cano
He can get 200 hits in a season, and hit .340. Along with a great glove, he has great range with a powerful arm. Hitting balls out of the park isn't a problem for him, too (25HRs)
At Third Base: Alex Rodriguez
Maybe the best 3rd baseman anyone has ever seen, A-Rod can put up consistent numbers every year, hitting around 40HRs and 110RBIs. Not only that, he can steal some bases and fields naturally at 3rd. He is a 5 tool player.
At Shortstop: Derek Jeter
The Yankees All-Time Hitter/3rd place finisher in the AL MVP voting is an all around player. He can run, he can field, and he has an arm like a bullet. Jeter also has a Gold Glove to prove that, along with consistent .300 averages every year. He also showed some pop, too, hitting almost 20HRs (18). The most important skill he has is to lead.
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