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Let's say we get Chone Figgins


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

Figgins

Roberts

Markakis

Huff

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...

 

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