2010 projected leaders: Third baseman OPS

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Over the next several days, I’ll be dipping into my 2010 projections and presenting some leaderboards.
1. Alex Rodriguez – 942
2. David Wright – 926
3. Evan Longoria – 913
4. Pablo Sandoval – 905
5. Chipper Jones – 897
6. Aramis Ramirez – 882
7. Ryan Zimmerman – 866
8. Mark Reynolds – 856
9. Troy Glaus – 821
10. Edwin Encarnacion – 819
– Yeah, I know Sandoval and Glaus won’t be playing third base this year. I did list Kevin Youkilis with the first basemen. He came in at 891.
(Edit – Of course, Sandoval is going to play 3B this year, I forgot the Giants signed Aubrey Huff)
– Adrian Beltre comes in at 789, but it wouldn’t surprise me much to see him come in somewhere around 820-840. Besides his 1017 mark in 2004 and an 835 in 2000, his high water point was 802 three years ago. However, he’s never played in a park like Fenway.
– Encarnacion’s presence will surprise some, but his career mark is 790 and he finished up well in his intro to the AL last year, coming in at .274/.364/.547 with seven homers in his 95 at-bats in Sept./Oct.

Report: Phillies interested in Manny Machado; Orioles have done homework on Phillies’ minor league system

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Orioles third baseman Manny Machado will become a free agent after the 2018 season and there hasn’t been much in the way of progress on a contract extension between the two sides. It seems as if Machado will test the open market next offseason.

The Phillies, currently with relatively minuscule obligations for the 2018 season and beyond, are expected to be big players for Machado, as well as other potential free agents like Bryce Harper. In fact, the Phillies may not even want to wait until next offseason, as Roch Kubatko of MASN reports that the club has expressed interest in Machado to the Orioles. In return, the O’s have been doing their homework on the Phillies’ minor league system.

Kubatko notes that the Orioles like, in particular, Phillies prospects Sixto Sanchez and Scott Kingery. The Phillies may be hesitant to part with either considering they can get Machado for a lot of cash but no prospects next winter. MLB Pipeline rates Sanchez as the Phillies’ best pitching prospect and the second-best prospect overall in the system. Kingery is third overall and the top infielder. While the Phillies’ system is among the best in baseball, its notable weakness is pitching, so parting with Sanchez — who throws in the upper 90’s and can hit triple digits — would be a big ask. Kingery is seen as the club’s next second baseman of the future, so much so that the Phillies are shopping Cesar Hernandez at the Winter Meetings.

As usual with rumors during the Winter Meetings, there may be some smoke but no actual fire here. The Orioles are likely to get continued interest in Machado from many teams between now and the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. They are simply doing their due diligence by seeing what the Phillies and others have to offer for Machado.