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Josh Donaldson tops rankings of MLB third basemen

insider.espn.go.com — Bob Stanton/USA TODAY Sports Josh Donaldson leads a stacked ranking of baseball's top third basemen. In keeping with our recent theme of ranking the top 10 players at each position in baseball, here are the top 10 third basemen; at right you can see a table of which MLB third basemen have generated the most wins above replacement during the past two seasons.

White Sox's climb boosts AL Central

insider.espn.go.com — AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles The acquisition of Jose Abreu kicked off Chicago's recent growth. Maybe the American League Central has been better than previously advertised, in light of the recent postseason success of the teams. The Detroit Tigers played for the league championship three straight seasons, from 2011 to 2013, and really, all that stood between the Kansas City Royals and a championship at the end of a seven-game World Series this year was Madison Bumgarner.

The 10 best shortstops in MLB

insider.espn.go.com — Getty Images The priority at shortstop has shifted squarely to defense, something all of these guys play. The question of whether you'd prefer Buster Posey or Yadier Molina among catchers has lots of layers, as does the debate about whether Miguel Cabrera is the game's top first baseman.

Robinson Cano No. 1 on list of top 10 second basemen

insider.espn.go.com — Rick Osentoski/USA TODAY Sports Robinson Cano topped big league second basemen in WAR in 2014 for the third consecutive season. In keeping with the theme of the week, here's a ranking of the top 10 second basemen in the majors.

And the offseason signing/trade dominoes begin to fall

insider.espn.go.com — Rob Tringali/MLB Photos via Getty Images Giancarlo Stanton is no doubt smiling today after agreeing to a 13-year, $325 million deal with Miami. In one day, Major League Baseball served as the backdrop to a major trade, the second-biggest contract ever doled out by a team from Canada and the finalization of the largest contract in the history of North American professional sports.

Paul Goldschmidt tops list of top 10 first basemen

insider.espn.go.com — USA TODAY Sports Where do Paul Goldschmidt, Miguel Cabrera and Jose Abreu rank in Buster's first base rankings? In the second installment of our rankings of the best players at each position -- we ranked the catchers Sunday -- we rank the top 10 first basemen today, with the selections being made after input and observations of MLB evaluators.

Buster Posey leads list of top 10 catchers

insider.espn.go.com — John Rieger/USA TODAY Sports In Buster Posey's five seasons as the Giants' backstop, they've won three World Series titles. In those handful of moments when the New York Yankees talked about an austerity drive a couple of years ago, when Hal Steinbrenner spoke of getting under the salary cap, they decided to let Russell Martin walk away as a free agent -- and he was snapped up by the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Giancarlo Stanton could be swayed by more than money

insider.espn.go.com — AP Photo/Morry Gash The Marlins are offering a lot of cash to a player who recently had his baseball life flash before his eyes. There hadn't been enough time to wipe the blood from Giancarlo Stanton's face before he was lifted onto a golf cart after a Mike Fiers' fastball crumpled his cheek on September 11.

AL Cy Young winner Corey Kluber rewarded for work ethic, strong finish

insider.espn.go.com — Mark Cunningham/Getty Images Corey Kluber's stoic demeanor is revered by Indians players and coaches. Accolades for a teammate are always a good thing, but after Corey Kluber won the AL Cy Young Award on Wednesday, the joy that others within the Indians organization experienced ran deep.

Game of DH musical chairs has begun

insider.espn.go.com — Getty Images The plethora of DH types available hurts the value of FA Billy Butler and trade candidate Evan Gattis. If you want to take a sample of how saturated the market is with designated hitters, consider a slice of Adam Lind's recent experience for examination.
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Nov 23, 2014

That 'flop' call might be one of the Top 10 NFL ref calls, but this is still the unquestioned No. 1 of all-time: youtube.com/watch?v=eslz06…

Nov 23, 2014

@TrulyMarkieP Have doubts about both, but we'll see. Improves their leverage/choices to talk to 2. Speculation: sign both, trade Yoenis.

Nov 23, 2014

@TrulyMarkieP Boston has a lot of balls in the air, positioning itself to be able to react depending on who says yes.

Nov 23, 2014

RT @KingJames: Man I just witnessed the greatest catch ever possibly by Odell Beckham Jr! WOW!!!!

Nov 23, 2014

@TobyDavid Actually, they would, because they're not attached to a long-term contract.

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