since he's a FA 3B (complete list here) next year. Who would you lead off with? What would the lineup look like?
They are the same age, 32 next year. Both switch hitters.
Both guys are consistently above avg in AVG and OBP, AVG comparison yearly
What's troubling for Bob is the trend in BB% and K% BB/K comparison
Who has more speed? G AB SB CS SB% AVG (career)
Brian Roberts 1055 4176 242 62 .796 .283
Chone Figgins 855 3272 262 87 .750 .292
Figgins has playoff experience, which has been shown to cause mid-30s career declines. (See Mora, Melvin and Walker, Jaime)
For me, Figgy swipes more bags, by a lot, so he leads off. It's a tough choice and a good problem to have. Here's a crack at the top halfish
Jones / Reimold
Other 3B FAs include Adrian Beltre, who can pick and is injured and expensive. Maybe he'll get cheaper as an injury risk. Brandon Inge can pick and is a bad hitter having a good year at the plate, so his price is going up. There are others, maybe an obvious choice that I missed? Which leads me to the poll...
Who plays 3B next year?
Melvin Mora (10 votes)
Aubrey Huff (8 votes)
Adrian Beltre (7 votes)
Chone Figgins (22 votes)
Other (33 votes)
80 total votes