Last year's top third basemen

The top-10 third basemen in 2006:

1. Miguel Cabrera, Marlins


His power numbers went down slightly in '06, but Cabrera made up for it by hitting a career-best .339. He set a career-high with 50 doubles to go along with 26 homers and 114 RBIs. Cabrera won his arbitration case in the offseason and will be paid $7.4 million in '07.

2. David Wright, Mets


Do you know any male Mets fans who don't have man-crushes on New York's third baseman? Wright hit .311 with 26 homers and 116 RBIs last year. He also stole 20 bases. At 24-years-old, look for Wright to be at the top of this list for years to come.

3. Garrett Atkins, Rockies

He broke out in '06, hitting .329 with 29 homers, 120 RBIs and 48 doubles. At 27-years-old, this will be just his third full season in the majors.

4. Alex Rodriguez, Yankees

A-Rod is in the same situation Peyton Manning was in before this season. Regular season means nothing. He could bat .370 with 65 homers and 160 RBIs, and every columnist in America would break out his woeful postseason numbers. Luckily for fantasy owners, regular-season numbers are all that matter. In a down year, Rodriguez hit .290 with 35 homers (his lowest total since 1997), 121 RBIs and 113 runs scored.

5. Aramis Ramirez, Cubs

He struggled in the beginning of '06, hitting .258 pre-All-Star break. However, Ramirez rebounded to set career-highs with 38 homers and 119 RBIs. Chicago signed him to a five-year, $75 million deal in the offseason.

6. Chipper Jones, Braves

Here's what Jones told the Associated Press about his bad feet: "There's not a foot doctor in America who will touch me right now. There's all these horror stories about breaking the feet and resetting them. No one is going to take a professional athlete and take a chance on ending his career" Jones played in 110 games last year and had 411 at-bats. When in the lineup, he was productive, hitting .324 with 26 homers and 86 RBIs.

7. Ryan Zimmerman, Nationals

One of baseball's brightest young stars, he burst on to the scene with 20 homers, 110 RBIs and a .287 average in his rookie season. He also had 47 doubles and 11 stolen bases. Zimmerman is 22-years-old.

8. Scott Rolen, Cardinals


After missing much of '05 with injuries, Rolen bounced back with a solid year in '06, hitting .296 with 22 homers, 95 RBIs and 48 doubles. He says his surgically repaired shoulder is feeling even better this year, and Rolen is even talking to Tony La Russa again. Ahh...all is right in the world.

9. Troy Glaus, Blue Jays

He's hit 75 home runs over the past two seasons and tied for the league lead among third basemen with 38 bombs in '06. You can't question Glaus's power, but know that he won't hit much better than .250, and he struck out 134 times last season.

10. Chone Figgins, Angels

He played third base 34 times in '06 but figures to see much more time there in '07 after the Angels signed Gary Matthews Jr. in the offseason. Figgins' average dipped to .267 last year, but he's stolen 114 bases over the past two seasons.

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