Third Base: Yunel Escobar vs Juan Uribe
- Edge: Nationals
At the age of 32 Yunel Escobar has settled into a new position, a new team, and is putting together the best year of his long career. There are not enough superlatives that can been used to describe the type of year Escobar is having. Hitting over .300 with a WAR of 1.3, Escobar has turned into one of the best off-season moves the Nationals made (aside from that Scherzer guy).
Juan Uribe adds a very good glove and a power bat and some swagger. Even with that power and swagger he cannot be relied on as an everyday player. The reality is the Mets do not have a starting third baseman. Which as any Met fan knows, is no surprise. The Mets have seen 156 players man the hot corner since their inception. David Wright was supposed to be the guy who stopped the revolving door at third and was supposed to be the cornerstone of the team’s resurgence. Well he hasn’t been and the void has yet to be filled.
Even if David Wright were playing, the year Escobar is having ranks as one of the top third baseman in baseball.