On Saturday morning, Buster Olney continued his rankings of the best players at each position around baseball. These rankings are from Olney, but he talks to MLB evaluators and other members of the ESPN staff, so it's not just a solo opinion for each position.
We mentioned earlier this week that Felipe Rivero wasn't among his top ten relievers in the game, but he did get mentioned as part of the "best of the rest" group. That was after no Pittsburgh Pirates were in the top ten for starting pitchers.
The lists continued for Olney on Thursday with catchers. Predictably, Francisco Cervelli wasn't listed among the top ten. He also wasn't one of the three honorable mentions. Cervelli has dealt with injuries each of the last two seasons and his production at the plate has dropped compared ...
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