Top 3 Free Agent Third Basemen

As we continue our look at this year's free agent crop position-by-position, we reach third base, where the pickings are mighty slim. Probably the weakest of any position. Our list contains a soon-to-be 38-year-old and a couple of utility/platoon types.

Justin Turner

The Dodgers hold a $16M club option on their 2-time All-Star, after nine years with the team. They still have until the end of the week to make a decision, but it's thought that they won't pick it up. 

At the age of 37, Turner still had a surprisingly decent year at the plate, batting .278 with a .788 OPS and 81 RBIs. There's some concern about his defense going forward though, as according to Keith Law of The Athletic, "he’s definitely lost a step in the field and on the bases, so there’s more concern about his defense at third going forward than his bat." Law suggests, however, that for a team looking for someone to play 3B for 30-40 games a year and DH the rest of the time, he'd be a good investment at about $10-$12M per year. 

Brandon Drury

It seemed like Drury's career was all but over after a few-year period into 2021 in which he struggled to hit .200 and had lost his power. But 2022 saw a miraculous turnaround for the 29-year-old, as he blasted 28 HR with 87 RBIs and an .813 OPS split between the Cincinnati Reds and San Diego Padres. He's extremely versatile, playing 3B, 1B, 2B and even some corner outfield. He's put himself back on the map and should earn a contract in the $5-$6M range at least as a platoon guy somewhere.

Josh Harrison

The 12-year veteran keeps bouncing around and finding utility for himself somewhere. With the Chicago White Sox in 2022, his 5th team in five years, the 3B/2B/OF got into 119 games, playing his usual scrappy brand of ball. He's 35 now, so his disruptiveness on the bases has waned, as has his bat. Merely a bit player these days. 

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