Third base is probably the most misunderstood position when it comes to fantasy baseball these days. When you think of third basemen, you assume big strong power hitters who will help your team in HRs and RBI.
There is a belief that you can wait on drafting one in order to solidify your middle infield and still be alright. Well, my friends, I am here to tell you that idea is absolutely false in 2011. After the first four or five ranked players, the hot corner is pretty much a wasteland full of has-beens and hoping-to-be's.
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The good news for 3B is that Adrian Beltre’s departure from Boston shouldn’t cost him too much offensive production as he lands in the friendly confines of Arlington, Texas. Beltre is bound to take a dip in output, but he is still easily a top-five player at the position this season.
Aside from Beltre, the only real notable third basemen changing teams this offseason was Mark Reynolds who moves from Arizona to Baltimore. Reynolds' 2009 season was an aberration as he will never steal that many bases nor hit for that high of a batting average ever again.
He is still a useful player at this very weak position, but don’t make the mistake so many did last year in drafting him in the first couple of rounds.
Andy LaRoche will never be the All-Star caliber player many thought he would be when he was slugging his way through the minor leagues a few years back. Changing leagues will provide him a bit of a clean slate, but I don’t see anything significant happening for him in Oakland this season.
The rest of the players on this list Bloomquist, Blum, Fields, Mora, Punto and Wigginton you can pretty much chalk up to platoon duty and possibly not even make Opening Day rosters.
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