Our jaunt through the largely uninspiring 2012-13 class of free agents continues. Now it’s time to run down the third basemen who are hitting the market.
Why just eight names ranked below? Because . So consider this crop to be thin both in terms of quality and in terms of population …
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2012 stats: .235/.336/.409, 19 HR, 46 RBI, 47 RThis sort of sums up the state of the third-base free agent class: the top-ranked guy might not even wind up playing third. Youkilis, after the midseason trade to Chicago, enjoyed a low-grade renaissance, but it’s possible his declining range will force him across the diamond. Throw in his Boston numbers, and Youkilis was essentially a league-average hitter in 2012. Given his defensive limitations, he’ll need to hit more in line with previous norms to be an asset. He’ll turn 34 before opening day. 2012 stats: .218/.275/.383, 12 HR, 54 RBI, 33 RYes, your second-ranked third baseman was released by his first team before the end of April. Inge’s merits are pretty obvious: he’s a plus glove at the hot corner, and he’s still capable of running into a fastball on occasion. The overall offensive numbers, however, figure to be pretty dismal. 2012 stats: .257/.302/.327, 2 HR, 19 RBI, 28 RThe 37-rget for PSG ahead of the summer market and it was mooted he was ready to move to Paris.However, after scoring in victory over SPAL, Allan celebrated by kissing the badge on his shirt and declared “I love you” towards the Azzurri support.Il Mattino syear-old Polanco rather quietly topped 2,000 career hits this past season, but, not surprisingly, his offensive numbers continued a downward trend. His defensive indicators, however, remained strong. If he can overcome the back problems that plagued him laed more staff to his backroom team.Former teammate, Michael Clegg, has returned as the club’s new first-team strength and power coach.Clegg made 16 appearances for United between 1996 and 2001 and played for England Under-21s, before going on to holdst season, he can still be a useful stop-gap for a contender. 2012 stats: .245/.318/.398, 8 HR, 39 RBI, 26 RIt’s entirely possible — likely even — that Rolen will opt for retirement. If he doesn’t, then he’ll probably be able to land a job somewhere. Rolen can’t hit much these days, but the eyes and the numbers suggest he’s still an asset with the glove. Health, of course, is a concern for the 37-year-old. 2012 stats: .281/.348/.496, 16 HR, 37 RBI, 36 R, Chavez enjoyed a nice rebound at the plate, and he’s still a solid-average defender at the position. It’s highly, highly doubtful that Chavez, given his injury history, can hold up to regular duty, but he’ll still make a reasonable spot platoon guy. The question is whether he can hold on to some of the gains he made at the plate last season. Mostly, he succeeded because of a huger window.The Reds have already signed Takumi Minamino from RB Salzburg to bolster their attacking depth.And it could be the only business Liverpool conduct according to Klopp.”I know the transfer window is open! It’s always tricky,” Klopp said. “Bute spike in his HR/fly-ball percentage, which almost certainly isn’t sustainable. Adjust accordingly.2012 stats: .254/.292/.393, 1 HR, 13 RBI, 12 R, 12 2BSutton has positional flexibility (he manned six different spots in his career), and, although the sample-size is lacking, his numbers against left-handed pitching have been strong. He’s certainly a reserve, but Sutton has his uses. 2012 stats: .188/.300/.247, 0 HR, 6 RBI, 13 RThe 37-year-old, 15-year vet saw his production crater last season, but a troublesome abdominal strain was partly to blame. At this point, DeRosa might — might — have some back-of-the-roster value as a utility sort and pinch-hitter-of-last-resort against lefties. In other words, not much value at all. 2012 stats: .187/.212/.280, 1 HR, 13 RBI, 9 RCairo, who will turn 39 next May, probably isn’t as bad as his .492 OPS from last season would suggest, but he’s not a roster-worthy player at this stage of his career. He can occupy multiple positions, but that’s about it.
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