3B Waiver Wire Replacements

Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez originally injured his right knee turning back to third base on a passed ball June 19th in a game in Chicago. An MRI last Friday revealed a slight tear in the meniscus of that right knee and on Sunday Dr. Lee Kaplan  of  THE University of Miami recommended that A-Rod go under the knife to repair the injury. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said on Sunday that, if Rodriguez opted for surgery, which he has, undergoing the procedure now would be ideal given the Yankees will have four days off during the All-Star break. The surgery will send A-Rod to the DL for 4-6 weeks, crippling fantasy teams everywhere. Despite Alex Rodriguez’s current 85-at-bat homerless streak, which is the longest single-season drought of his career, Alex is still batting a decent .295 with 53 runs, 13 HR, 52 RBI and and OBP of .366.

Rodriguez had this to say after Saturday’s win against the Rays: “It’s hard to get into missing 20, 30, 40 games when you don’t know, but at the same time you don’t want to limp toward the finish line. The most important games are played at the end.”

For the next month and more these 5 third baseman will be worthy fantasy replacements for the Yanks injured star:


1. David Freese 3B St. Louis Cardinals

44/131 , 17 runs , 3 HR , 18 RBI , .336 AVG (available in 60% of Yahoo Leagues and 25% of ESPN leagues)

2. Emilio Bonifacio 3B, SS, OF Florida Marlins

12 game hit streak ,  77/270 , 37 runs , 1 HR , 14 RBI , 16 SB , .285 AVG (available in 73% of Yahoo leagues and 35% of ESPN leagues)

3. Danny Valencia 3B Minnesota Twins

76/322 , 33 runs , 10 HR , 46 RBI , 2 SB , .236 AVG (available in 75% of Yahoo leagues and 50% of ESPN leagues.)

4. Eduardo Nunez 3B, SS New York Yankees (A-Rod’s replacement)

34/122 , 14 runs , 3 HR , 14 RBI , 10 SB , .279 AVG (available in 95% of Yahoo leagues and 97% of ESPN leagues)

5. Aaron Miles 2B, 3B Los Angeles Dodgers

75/236 , 24 runs, 1 HR, 23 RBI, 3 SB , .318 AVG (available in 96% of Yahoo leagues and 97% of ESPN leagues)




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