Bernie on the Scene: Corner Infielder Rankings

Bernie on the Scene: Corner Infielder Rankings

This article is part of our Bernie on the Scene series.

This week, I continue my fantasy baseball draft preparation articles with first base and third base rankings.

These position have a number of players capable of seeing service time at first base. Before drafting, be certain to check position eligibility on the platform used in your league. A lot of players may get enough service time at first and third to be listed in my rankings.

First Base Rankings

Sleeper: Josh Naylor

Don't Forget About: Rowdy Tellez

  1. Vladimir Guerrero, Blue Jays
  2.  Freddie Freeman, Free Agent
  3.  Matt Olson, Athletics  
  4. Pete Alonso, Mets
  5. Austin Riley, Braves
  6. Jose Abreu, White Sox
  7. Paul Goldschmidt, Cardinals 
  8. Ryan Mountcastle, Orioles
  9. Josh Bell, Nationals 
  10. C.J. Cron, Rockies 
  11. Rhys Hoskins, Phillies 
  12. Max Muncy, Dodgers 
  13. Trey Mancini, Orioles  
  14. Kris Bryant, Free Agent 
  15. Jared Walsh, Angels 
  16. Anthony Rizzo, Free Agent            
  17. DJ LeMahieu, Yankees
  18. Jake Cronenworth, Padres 
  19. Lourdes Gurriel, Toronto 
  20. Luke Voit, Yankees
  21. Joey Votto, Reds 
  22. Ty France, Mariners 
  23. Kyle Schwarber, Free Agent
  24. Nathaniel Lowe, Rangers 
  25. Bobby Dalbec, Red Sox 
  26. Miguel Sano, Twins 
  27. Rowdy Tellez, Brewers 
  28. Yasmani Grandal, White Sox 
  29. Alex Kirilloff, Twins 
  30. Brandon Belt, Giants 
  31. Frank Schwindel, Cubs 
  32. Josh Naylor, Guardians
  33. Eric Hosmer, Padres 
  34. Yuli Gurriel, Astros 
  35. Jesus Aguilar, Marlins 
  36. Eduardo Escobar, Mets 
  37. Spencer Torkelson, Tigers 
  38. Andrew Vaughn, White Sox 
  39. Jonathan Schoop

This week, I continue my fantasy baseball draft preparation articles with first base and third base rankings.

These position have a number of players capable of seeing service time at first base. Before drafting, be certain to check position eligibility on the platform used in your league. A lot of players may get enough service time at first and third to be listed in my rankings.

First Base Rankings

Sleeper: Josh Naylor

Don't Forget About: Rowdy Tellez

  1. Vladimir Guerrero, Blue Jays
  2.  Freddie Freeman, Free Agent
  3.  Matt Olson, Athletics  
  4. Pete Alonso, Mets
  5. Austin Riley, Braves
  6. Jose Abreu, White Sox
  7. Paul Goldschmidt, Cardinals 
  8. Ryan Mountcastle, Orioles
  9. Josh Bell, Nationals 
  10. C.J. Cron, Rockies 
  11. Rhys Hoskins, Phillies 
  12. Max Muncy, Dodgers 
  13. Trey Mancini, Orioles  
  14. Kris Bryant, Free Agent 
  15. Jared Walsh, Angels 
  16. Anthony Rizzo, Free Agent            
  17. DJ LeMahieu, Yankees
  18. Jake Cronenworth, Padres 
  19. Lourdes Gurriel, Toronto 
  20. Luke Voit, Yankees
  21. Joey Votto, Reds 
  22. Ty France, Mariners 
  23. Kyle Schwarber, Free Agent
  24. Nathaniel Lowe, Rangers 
  25. Bobby Dalbec, Red Sox 
  26. Miguel Sano, Twins 
  27. Rowdy Tellez, Brewers 
  28. Yasmani Grandal, White Sox 
  29. Alex Kirilloff, Twins 
  30. Brandon Belt, Giants 
  31. Frank Schwindel, Cubs 
  32. Josh Naylor, Guardians
  33. Eric Hosmer, Padres 
  34. Yuli Gurriel, Astros 
  35. Jesus Aguilar, Marlins 
  36. Eduardo Escobar, Mets 
  37. Spencer Torkelson, Tigers 
  38. Andrew Vaughn, White Sox 
  39. Jonathan Schoop, Tigers 
  40. Bobby Bradley, Guardians  
  41. Hunter Dozier, Royals  
  42. Miguel Cabrera, Tigers  
  43. Ji-Man Choi, Rays
  44. Christian Walker, Diamondbacks 
  45. Jonathan Schoop, Tigers
  46. Eduardo Escobar, Mets
  47. Gavin Sheets, White Sox
  48. Carlos Santana, Royals 
  49. Juan Yepez, Cardinals
  50. Pavin Smith, Diamondbacks 
  51. Dominic Smith, Mets  
  52. Yandy Diaz, Rays  
  53. Keston Hiura, Brewers
  54. Yoshi Tsutsugo, Pirates  
  55. Garrett Cooper, Marlins 
  56. Tyler Stephenson, Reds
  57. Michael Chavis, Pirates
  58. Triston Casas, Red Sox
  59. Yu Chang, Guardians
  60. Colin Moran, Free Agent
  61. Nick Pratto, Royals
  62. Evan White, Mariners
  63. Daniel Vogelbach, Free Agent
  64. John Nogowski, Braves
  65. Darin Ruf, Giants 

Third Base Rankings

Sleeper: Jeimer Candelario

Comeback Target: Alec Bohm

  1. Jose Ramirez, Guardians
  2. Rafael Devers, Red Sox
  3.  Manny Machado, Padres
  4. Alex Bregman, Astros
  5. Austin Riley, Braves
  6. Nolan Arenado, Cardinals 
  7. Wander Franco, Rays
  8. DJ LeMahieu, Yankees
  9. Justin Turner, Dodgers
  10. Anthony Rendon, Angels
  11. Kris Bryant, Free Agent
  12.  Yoan Moncada, White Sox
  13. Ke'Bryan Hayes, Pirates
  14. Ryan McMahon, Rockies
  15. Adalberto Mondesi, Royals
  16. Chris Taylor, Dodgers
  17. Josh Donaldson, Twins
  18. Ty France, Mariners
  19. Eugenio Suarez, Reds
  20. Luis Urias, Brewers
  21. Bobby Dalbec, Red Sox
  22. Matt Chapman, Athletics
  23. Jeimer Candelario, Tigers
  24. Eduardo Escobar,  Mets
  25. Spencer Torkelson, Tigers
  26. Alec Bohm, Phillies
  27. Gio Urshela, Yankees
  28. Bobby Witt Jr., Royals
  29. Isiah Kiner, Falefa, Rangers
  30. Luis Arraez,  Twins
  31. Patrick Wisdom, Cubs
  32.  Jonathan Villar, Free Agent
  33. Abraham Toro, Mariners
  34. Josh Rojas, Diamondbacks
  35. Evan Longoria, Giants
  36. Yandy Diaz,  Rays
  37. Cavan Biggio, Blue Jays
  38. Brian Anderson, Marlins
  39. Jose Miranda, Twins
  40. Hunter Dozier, Royals
  41. Joey Wendle, Marlins
  42. Kyle Farmer, Reds
  43. Tommy La Stella, Giants
  44. Leury Garcia, White Sox
  45. Wilmer Flores, Giants
  46. Santiago Espinal, Blue Jays
  47. Mike Moustakas, Reds
  48. Johan Camargo, Phillies
  49. Dylan Moore, Mariners
  50. Carter Kieboom, Nationals
  51.  Josh Harrison, Free Agent
  52. Ha, Seong Kim, Padres
  53. Christian Arroyo, Red Sox
  54. Miguel Andujar, Yankees

Heading Home

We have to remember that MLB locked out the players. They really didn't have to do that. That set a very negative tone, which the players did not appreciate. So, in reality, the negotiations went down hill from there.

Reports indicate the owners tried to add new additions to their last, best and final offer to the players. According to Ross Stripling, the owners were "trying to sneak things through us, like they think we're dumb baseball players and we get sleepy after midnight or something."  It's being reported MLB tried to incorporate meal money and the stipends players receive for food against the amount of money teams can spend before they are taxed. Apparently, that was a "late addition" to their deal with the players. Players were furious.

It has come out that owners Bob Castellini (Reds), Chris Ilitch (Tigers), Ken Kendrick (Diamondbacks) and Arte Moreno (Angels) objected to raising the competitive balance tax to the levels ultimately proposed. MLB proposed it anyway, with a first threshold of $220M, an increase of $10M from the recently expired CBA. The $220M was $6M more than their previous offer. The players offer was $238M.

In case you missed it, the MLB Commissioner was caught playing golf and working on his golf swing in Florida during the negotiations. That image of him was sent out in various media outlets. Not good.

If, and when, players get back to work and the lockout ends, there will be a constant flow of MLB transactions. It will be as though a tap will open that could flow for quite some time.

To me, Rob Manfred has shown no leadership in this Civil War. He brags about his labor success. He brags that he believes in collective bargaining. And still, he declared a non-negotiated lockout. He unilaterally declared a deadline for an agreement, or he would shut down scheduled regular-season games. Neither of those issues was negotiated.

I have no faith in Manfred. I have little faith in the owners. Twenty-three of 30 team owners will have to confirm any negotiated CBA. Good luck getting the votes.

Remember, owners really won't start losing real money until the TV networks stop their flow of payments. And frankly, owners don't make their money in April. They can sacrifice money from those small attendance figures in April and hope the players will suddenly change their minds.

Will we have baseball this season? I wish I knew.

Thank you for following me on Twitter @BerniePleskoff

Thank you for reading my work at forbes.com.

Stay safe. Have a great week.

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Bernie Pleskoff
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