It seems strange to enter a Fantasy Baseball preseason discussion without the longstanding battle over Alex Rodriguez. Rodriguez’s health pushes him to the back of the pack, and a new run of challengers battle toward the top of the pack. That isn’t to say that familiar names have been displaced altogether, but a new crop of stars have joined the fray. Will you need to overpay to land them?

Check out SwollenDome.com for the rest of these early rankings. I will be posting player blurbs and statistical gems throughout the next two weeks as we hit the heart of draft season.

Let’s run down the Top 25 Third Basemen.


  • 1. Miguel Cabrera, DET
  • 2. Adrian Beltre, TEX
  • 3. Evan Longoria, TB
  • 4. Hanley Ramirez, LAD
  • 5. David Wright, NYM
  • 6. Chase Headley, SD
  • 7. Ryan Zimmerman, WAS
  • 8. Mark Trumbo, LAA
  • 9. Brett Lawrie, TOR
  • 10. Aramis Ramirez, MIL
  • 11. Mike Moustakas, KC
  • 12. Pablo Sandoval, SF
  • 13. David Freese, STL
  • 14. Will Middlebrooks, BOS
  • 15. Kyle Seager, SEA
  • 16. Todd Frazier, CIN
  • 17. Pedro Alvarez, PIT
  • 18. Martin Prado, ARI
  • 19. Manny Machado, BAL
  • 20. Trevor Plouffe, MIN
  • 21. Michael Young, PHI
  • 22. Kevin Youkilis, NYY
  • 23. Chris Nelson, COL
  • 24. Lonnie Chisenhall, CLE
  • 25. Mark Reynolds, CLE