Deep Dive: Free agent third basemen

The prize: Anthony Rendon may be the top of this year’s third base free agent class, but Josh Donaldson and Mike Moustakas aren’t too far behind. (@masnNationals)


“Deep Dive” focuses on the depth of each position in the Chicago White Sox organization. Each position is broken into a five-part series:

  1. Depth in the rookie levels (Dominican through Great Falls)
  2. Depth in A-ball (Kannapolis and Winston-Salem)
  3. Depth in the higher levels (Birmingham and Charlotte)
  4. Under the Radar-type detail on one of the White Sox players at that position
  5. Free agent options at that position


Third base seems to be in good hands for 2020, with Yoan Moncada having such a great year in 2019. Aside from perhaps Danny Mendick, the White Sox have very little depth at the position, however. Would the White Sox consider utilizing Moncada’s athleticism and move him over to right field, if it meant that the White Sox added one of the best third basemen in the game, Anthony Rendon, via free agency? Or could any of these free agents be a DH for 2020 and beyond? Are there hot corner specialists who could be a reserve infielder for the Sox next year? Here are the potentially available options in this year’s free agent class.

(age as of April 1, 2020)


Anthony Rendon
Washington Nationals
B/T: R/R
2019 bWAR: 6.3
Stats: .319/.412/.598, 545 AB, 44 2B, 34 HR, 126 RBI, 5 SB, 80 BB, 86 K
Other positions played: Second base
Age: 29

Josh Donaldson
Atlanta Braves
B/T: L/R
2019 bWAR: 6.1
Stats: .259/.379/.521, 549 AB, 33 2B, 37 HR, 94 RBI, 4 SB, 100 BB, 155 K
Age: 34

Mike Moustakas
Milwaukee Brewers
B/T: L/R
2019 bWAR: 3.2
Stats: .254/.329/.516, 523 AB, 30 2B, 35 HR, 87 RBI, 3 SB, 53 BB, 98 K
Other positions played: Second base
Age: 31

Todd Frazier
New York Mets
B/T: R/R
2019 bWAR: 2.2
Stats: .251/.329/.443, 447 AB, 19 2B, 21 HR, 67 RBI, 1 SB, 40 BB, 106 K
Other positions played: First base
Age: 34

Asdrubal Cabrera
Washington Nationals
B/T: B/R
2019 bWAR: 1.7
Stats: .260/.342/.441, 447 AB, 25 2B, 18 HR, 91 RBI, 4 SB, 57 BB, 103 K
Other positions played: Second base, First base
Age: 34

Pablo Sandoval
San Francisco Giants
B/T: B/R
2019 bWAR: 1.5
Stats: .268/.313/.507, 272 AB, 23 2B, 14 HR, 41 RBI, 1 SB, 18 BB, 67 K
Other positions played: First base
Age: 33

Sean Rodriguez
Philadelphia Phillies
B/T: R/R
2019 bWAR: 0.4
Stats: .223/.348/.375, 150 AB, 5 2B, 4 HR, 12 RBI, 1 SB, 19 BB, 41 K
Other positions played: Left field, Shortstop, Center field, Second base, Right field, First base
Age: 34

Kaleb Cowart
Angels
B/T: B/R
2019 bWAR: -0.2
Stats: .160/.192/.280, 25 AB, 0 2B, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 1 SB, 1 BB, 7 K
Other positions played: Second base
Age: 27

Ryan Flaherty
Cleveland Indians
B/T: L/R
2019 bWAR: -0.2
Stats: .143/.143/.238, 21 AB, 2 2B, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 0 SB, 0 BB, 7 K
Other positions played: Second base
Age: 33

Jedd Gyorko
Los Angeles Dodgers
B/T: R/R
2019 bWAR: -0.5
Stats: .174/.248/.250, 92 AB, 1 2B, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 2 SB, 9 BB, 24 K
Other positions played: First base, Second base
Age: 31

Jung Ho Kang
Pittsburgh Pirates
B/T: R/R
2019 bWAR: -0.7
Stats: .169/.222/.395, 172 AB, 7 2B, 10 HR, 24 RBI, 0 SB, 11 BB, 60 K
Other positions played: Shortstop
Age: 32

Martín Prado
Miami Marlins
B/T: R/R
2019 bWAR: -1.3
Stats: .233/.265/.294, 245 AB, 9 2B, 2 HR, 15 RBI, 0 SB, 12 BB, 41 K
Other positions played: First base
Age: 36

Prado is reportedly retiring.


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The most intriguing name on this list, to me, is Asdrúbal Cabrera. Even though the Sox don’t need a 3B as you said, he can play a variety of positions. I like his OBP numbers, and he has some power. Also he has playoff experience, which will be one thing the Sox don’t have going into 2020. Second most intriguing is Kang, who one can get for minimum wage in the hopes he can regain his form from a few years ago.