Washington Nationals Editorial: Is Anthony Rendon The Best Third Baseman In NL East?

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We begin our NL East preview for 2016 by looking at who are the best players at the hot corner in the division

With the month of February beginning today, we are a little more than two weeks from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training. Before you know it, it will be Opening Day and the Washington Nationals will be looking to try to get the NL East title after watching the New York Mets win it in 2015. Fifth place gets one point with first place receiving five points. At the end of our rankings, we will tally up the points to make our NL East predictions for the season.

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So, for the second consecutive season, we are going to preview the division here at District On Deck by ranking each position on the diamond to see which teams have the best players at each spot. To start our preview, we will take a look at third base.

For me, when I look at the third basemen in this division, the first word that comes to mind is health. Last season, players such as David Wright of the Mets and the Nats’ Anthony Rendon missed a good portion of the season due to injuries. Normally, those two players would be guaranteed the top two guys at the position in this division.

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However, there were some new faces that joined the division in 2015 at third base. Martin Prado had his first year in South Beach after being dealt from the Yankees to the Marlins, Maikel Franco rose onto the scene for the Phillies in his rookie season, and the Braves had a then 29-year-old rookie man the hot corner in Adonis Garcia.

With that being said, here is my list of the top third basemen in the NL East right now, starting with number five:

Next: #5 - Adonis Garcia