Commentary

Buyer's guide: third basemen

There's no depth in this group, so teams might be wise to pursue trades

Originally Published: November 9, 2011
By Keith Law | ESPN Insider
Aramis RamirezJeff Hanisch/US PresswireRamirez is on the decline, but he's still the best among free-agent third basemen.

Keith Law has already ranked his top 50 free agents, but now he takes you on a more detailed, position-by-position look through the available players. Today, it's third basemen.

Players in demand

1. Aramis Ramirez: I have exactly one true third baseman in my top 50 free agents, and he's not even a good defender. He's a dead-pull hitter who still has the strength to put up solid home run totals, but I don't like his chances to age well, and the patience he used to bring to the table is mostly gone. He'll be productive as long as his bat speed holds up, but his new employers will either have to live with below-average defense at third or contemplate moving him to first or to DH.


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