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Is First Base Now a Buyer’s Market?

Is First Base Now a Buyer’s Market?

There have been a few moves involving first base this off-season which have really shifted the market. The Twins had a need at first base, but filled that when they moved Joe Mauer to the position full time. The Rangers acquired Prince Fielder from the Tigers, and Detroit moved Miguel Cabrera across the diamond to replace Fielder. Those two moves eliminated at least two teams from the free agent market, without removing any free agents.

As far as actual free agent signings, the Rockies recently filled their first base need with the addition of Justin Morneau. That takes another team off the market, without taking one of the top first base options away. Paul Konerko and Jose Abreu signed with the White Sox, so their first base position is covered.

So what is left? By my count, the teams that need a first baseman are as follows:

Milwaukee

Boston

Tampa Bay

Houston

Seattle

Pittsburgh

That's six teams, and it's possible that Houston could go with internal options ...

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