2019 MLB Free Agent 1st Basemen Rankings:
Joe Mauer: Announced his retirement from professional baseball.
2019 MLB Free Agent 3rd Basemen Rankings:
Josh Donaldson – Signed with the Atlanta Braves on a 1-year, $23 million dollar contract. (11/26/2018)
- WHAT A CONTRACT! That is a lot of money the Atlanta Braves are throwing out there to get the best third baseman on the open market. It was reported last week that Donaldson planned on signing right after Manny Machado possibly due to the fact he wanted to see what the market was for himself. Last season, Donaldson was hit with the injury bug again with his lingering calf injury, which really affected his play even when he got traded to Cleveland. Donaldson will be joining Brian McCann who also signed with Atlanta today; both of which will be joining a young and rising talent ridden Braves team in 2019. The Braves now need to switch their focus on pitching.
Eduardo Escobar – Re-signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks on a three-year, $21 million dollar contract. (10/22/2018)
- Eduardo Escobar turned out to be a huge success for the Arizona Diamondbacks who lost Jake Lamb last season due to shoulder surgery. Escobar is very expendable in the infield as well. 2018 was a career year for him as he hit a career-high 23 home runs, 84 RBI’s and a .272 average.
Adrian Beltre – Announced his retirement from baseball after 21-seasons.
Pablo Sandoval – Giants picked up Pablo Sandoval’s club option of $500,000 for 2019. (10/29/2018)
- The San Francisco Giants are keeping their reserve third baseman Pablo Sandoval for the 2019 season. Sandoval re-joined the Giants in the summer of 2017 and had his option picked up by the team this season. Sandoval, 34, is being used as a reserve infielder at first and third, a role that will continue for as long as he is on the team in 2019. Sandoval is still being paid $18 million in total in 2019 due to the massive contract flop with the Red Sox a few years back.