Ask Nash: Third Base Scraps

Braves vs. Marlins

Nash,
Looks like I might be losing David Wright, my only 3B, for at least a little while here.  Who are some guys I should look to replace him with for the time being?!
Frantic in Fargo

Hey Frantic in Fargo,
I like the name, although this makes me feel like one of those cheesy web bloggers…oh wait…*sigh* Anyway, here are 3 guys I would look to for help at 3B and they should be available!

Chipper Jones
Chipper Jones came off the DL with a vengeance going 2/4 with a home run and 2 RBIs in his return.  If you need a replacement for the injured David Wright this should be your first stop. Chipper will be hitting no lower than 6th in the Braves lineup and could be moved as high as 3 if he really starts to rake.

At 40 years of age the expectations on Jones can’t be TOO high, but he can give you good power, RBIs and solid average in the absence of David Wright or if you have less than a top 12 third baseman in your line up.

Chase Headley
A guy like Chase Headley always seems to be around to fill in for injury, and rightfully so. Headley should not have been drafted as a starter at 3B in most leagues.  However, in a pinch you could do much worse than Chase. He is not fighting for at bats, he hits in the heart of the order for his club and he can give you steals and a few home runs.

He is not a burgeoning star or a hidden gem but he is a very capable replacement for a team that needs to fill third base.  Also with his average so low right now you would be in line to receive a good amount of hits in the near future!

Chone Figgins
It seems like Ichiro Suzuki moving to the 3 hole wasn’t just a good move for Ichiro but for Chone Figgins as well!  Chone is hitting .333 with 3 runs scored and a steal thus far, and I can see him running a lot this season to help that offense produce runs!

Although he brings no power to a spot that needs some, a nice little thing about Figgins is he playing in left field which will give him nice position flexibility (or already has in some leagues).  I am a huge fan of guys that can be moved around a lineup.  When aiming to maximize lineup stats position flexibility is paramount and when David Wright returns you won’t have to immediately drop Chone as he can be moved around a bit.

Figgins won’t maintain his .333 avg through the season, BUT I think a cool .300 is possible here, couple that with 25+ steals and you have yourself what we wanted from Martin Prado the past 2 seasons.

Tags: Chipper Jones David Wright Injuries

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