Every year MLB goes through its offseason, pretty much like every other sport. The NBA offseason is about what Super Teams will be formed, the NFL offseason tends to swirl around the new blood entering the league. But Major League Baseball’s offseason takes a while to get going. One of my favorite baseball terms is “Hot Stove.” You’ll hear a lot of baseball fans talking about “Hot Stove Season” and how it’s starting to heat up.
The term “Hot Stove” comes from the idea of the “Hot Stove League,” the offseason gathering of fans around a hot stove during the winter, getting warm and talking baseball. It doesn’t get any more Americana than that, y’all. Just sitting around a hot stove in the dead of winter, talking baseball. Doesn’t that sound lovely?
Well, this year we’re starting early. We’re preheating things early on so that when this stove gets hot, we’re already cooking. Today, let’s start by looking at some of the most interesting Third Base options on the Free Agent market.
Todd Frazier – Free Agent
Todd Frazier has been on one heck of a roller coaster ride over these last few seasons. Now he’s once again on the free agent market with not a ton of options.
Frazier is in a bit of a pickle this offseason. He’s a decent glove, with a decent bat, who brings a lot of energy and positivity to the clubhouse. How much is that worth? In today’s game, I don’t know. However, there’s one team that could use all three of those skills.
The Brewers were awful in 2020, and seem to be halfway between rebuilding and making a playoff run. All of the pieces are there, it’s just that none of them seem to be working correctly. If Milwaukee wants to right their ship, they might need a clubhouse presence like Frazier. Also, it doesn’t hurt that he can play third base for them. Seems like a nice fit for a guy who is commonly dealt at the deadline.
Predicted Team: Milwaukee Brewers
Predicted Contract: 1 year, $4 Million Dollars.
Marwin Gonzalez – Free Agent
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. That’s Marwin Gonzalez and the Minnesota Twins in a nutshell. There is no downside to bringing back a player who has been a solid contributor in two seasons that ended in postseason appearances. Yes, you were swept in both series, but still… if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.
This is also to say that the Twins seem to work best with the fluidity we’ve begun to see from them. Having multiple players who can move around the diamond has worked well for them. Keeping Marwin adds to that continuation. This move just makes sense.
Predicted Team: Minnesota Twins
Predicted Contract: 2 years, $16 Million Dollars.
Brock Holt – Free Agent
The Red Sox are going to be bad in 2021. Let’s all just take a second to wrap our heads around that. This is a team that didn’t find any kind of groove in 2020, and one that still might have some residual issues following the loss of Mookie Betts. This Red Sox team is in for another rough stretch.
That’s where Brock “Brockstar” Holt comes in.
In a season that doesn’t matter, where you’re not going to be putting your best foot forward, why not give the people what they want? Why not bring in a guy who can play second base and wherever you need him in the outfield, while this team figures out how they can play together.
Brock Holt has no downside in Boston.
Predicted Team: Boston Red Sox
Predicted Contract: 1 year, $3 Million Dollars.
Justin Turner – Free Agent
What is Justin Turner worth? That’s the question that the Dodgers front office has to be asking themselves right now. At age 36, it’s tough to see him fitting into the future of this club. However, what does this team look like without him? What do the Dodgers, without their third baseman who consistently hits above .300, do when it comes to re-signing Turner?
It’s a tough call, but if I’m Turner, I’m not looking at what’s behind me, I’m looking ahead to greener pastures. So where could he end up?
Depending on how the Nationals feel about their third base options moving forward, Turner could be an easy fit. The Nationals felt the loss of Anthony Rendon in 2020, and while their farm system is starting to reach the Big League club Turner could fill that gap.
Within the same division, are the Braves sold on Austin Riley as the hot corner glove of their future? Or are they eyeing another NLCS run with a big bat to potentially replace the one left by Marcell Ozuna, should he walk in free agency.
Or, if the Chicago Cubs were to blow everything up and trade Kris Bryant, is Justin Turner a decent replacement? For me, that’s where my money is. If I’m reading the tea leaves, and Bryant’s on his way out, Chicago is the landing spot for @RedTurn2.
Predicted Team: Chicago Cubs
Predicted Contract: 2 year, $24 Million Dollars.
Think we missed the boat? Skimmed over a key piece of the market? Let us know in the comments!
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