2010 projected leaders: First baseman OPS

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Over the next several days, I’ll be dipping into my 2010 projections and presenting some leaderboards.
1. Albert Pujols – 1067
2. Prince Fielder – 976
3. Miguel Cabrera – 965
4. Mark Teixeira – 962
5. Adrian Gonzalez – 933
6. Ryan Howard – 923
7. Lance Berkman – 911
8. Kevin Youkilis – 898
9. Kendry Morales – 889
10. Justin Morneau – 884
11. Adam Dunn – 882
12. Joey Votto – 882
13. Todd Helton – 874
14. Billy Butler – 872
15. Derrek Lee – 871
– I don’t suppose there are any surprising names here. Everyone in the group besides Butler came in at 870 or better last year, and Butler finished at 853. The other two players I have projected for modest gains are Cabrera (942 to 965) and Teixeira (948 to 962). On the other side of the equation, I have Votto and Lee projected for 100-point declines, but that still doesn’t knock either off the list.
– First base is such a strong position right now. The first four players here received my four highest OPS projections for the year, followed by Joe Mauer at 958.
– I’m not going to run down the entire list of DHs, but Vladimir Guerrero topped that one at 879, followed by David Ortiz at 862 and Jim Thome at 851.

Justin Turner suffers broken wrist after being hit by a pitch

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Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner left Monday’s Cactus League game against the Athletics after he was hit by a pitch. He went for X-rays, revealing that he suffered a broken wrist, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports. Shaikin adds that Turner is unlikely to return before May, noting that Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman missed six weeks with a similar injury last year and Astros outfielder George Springer missed nine weeks in 2015.

Needless to say, this is a huge loss for the Dodgers. Last year, Turner hit .322/.415/.530 with 21 home runs and 71 RBI in 543 plate appearances, helping the Dodgers reach the World Series. He made the All-Star team for the first time in his career and finished eighth in NL MVP balloting.

Thankfully, the Dodgers have some versatile players on the roster. Logan Forsythe could move from second base to third, giving Chase Utley more playing time at second. Enrique Hernandez could man the hot corner as well. Chris Taylor has played some third base, or he could shift to second base in Forsythe’s stead. The club should shed some light on how it plans to move forward following Turner’s injury.