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Up this week are my just-for-fun 2022 player rankings. I’ve done my best to list players where they’ll be eligible next year, and the free agents-to-be are listed without teams. Players with options for next year are still listed with their current teams if those options have a legitimate chance of being exercised. Those players are noted with asterisks.
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First Baseman Rankings
|1||Vladimir Guerrero Jr.||Blue Jays||3||1|
|5||Jose Abreu||White Sox||6||6|
|28||Bobby Dalbec||Red Sox||24||34|
|36||Edwin Rios||Dodgers||37 3B||NR|
|44||Miguel Cabrera||Tigers||7 DH||52|
|49||Triston Casas||Red Sox||NR||NR|
- Freddie Freeman and Anthony Rizzo are the big free agents at first base. It’s hard to see Freeman continuing his career somewhere other than Atlanta, but Rizzo looks like a better bet to leave with the Cubs probably continuing to cut costs. I assume that Yuli Gurriel’s $8 million option will be picked up by Houston.
- There aren’t any newcomers high in the rankings here, as there is a shortage of big-time first base prospects and none of the first base prospects that are approaching the majors seem assured of starting jobs to begin next year. I have Nick Pratto first among the prospects; he’s hitting .276/.407/.593 in Double-A and he could push Carlos Santana to DH sometime next year, assuming that the Royals don’t land a big DH this winter. Seth Beer should get a job in Arizona sometime next year, but I don’t know that he’ll be a mixed-league guy in that lineup anytime soon.
- I assume the Nationals will either have the DH available next year or won’t have Ryan Zimmerman on the roster. Either way, I’ll feel quite a bit better about drafting Josh Bell than I did this year.