The recent signings of David Wright and Evan Longoria to long-term, nine-figure contracts illustrate the current depth and talent at third base.
In addition to established stars such as AL MVP Miguel Cabrera, Adrian Beltre, Hanley Ramirez, and Ryan Zimmerman, there are several recent arrivals who are showing they may have star power as well.
A glimpse at the hot corner star potential:
David Wright, Mets
Contract: 8 years, $138 million
Good news: Mets lock up team’s best hitter.
Bad news: His OPS and slugging are worse the last four seasons than his first four.
Evan Longoria, Rays
Contract: 10 years, $136 million
Good news: Team’s best (only?) hitter and Gold Glove-caliber fielder could be a Ray forever.
Bad news: Health issues? He has missed 173 of 810 games with injuries.
The next wave:
Brett Lawrie, Blue Jays
He was up and down in first full season but talent is undeniable.
Will Middlebrooks, Red Sox
Fifteen HRs in 267 at-bats, impressive slugging (.509), OPS (.835).
Mike Moustakas, Royals
Batted only .242 in second season but hit 20 HRs and increased OPS, slugging.
Kyle Seager, Mariners
In first full season, delivered 20 HRs, 86 RBIs playing at Safeco.