They'd been considered the dark-horse candidate to sign Moustakas because they didn't have a proven third baseman
on the roster.
Touted as the Angels' third baseman
of the future after being drafted in 2001, McPherson made his major-league debut in 2004.
Youkilis began his career as a third baseman
and shifted over to first base full-time in 2006.
It's not uncommon to see third baseman
Jeff Cirillo batting eighth for the Seattle Mariners or rookie Casey Blake, another third baseman
, batting eighth for the Cleveland Indians.
Even though he was not the fastest runner on the team, he began to get some base hits and, in the process, force the third baseman
to come in to play at a normal depth.
The team reportedly has their eyes on making Manny Machado the third baseman
of their future, either by trading for him this offseason or signing him as a free agent in 2018.
Figgins, who is signed through 2008, would like to stay with the Angels, but there is a chance he could end up with a backup role if the team adds a center fielder and a third baseman
And, it should be mentioned that clubs seeking to contend for a divisional title place a high value in having a capable defensive third baseman
on the roster and if he can hit with some power, so much the better.
On pop fly balls in the infield, the second baseman has priority over the first baseman and the shortstop has priority over the third baseman
, especially on balls hit beyond the bases.
Dodgers catcher Russell Martin threw a strike to third baseman
Wilson Betemit, who reached down with his glove as Reyes was diving in and tagged nothing but dirt.
The catcher, third baseman
, and first baseman should learn to play the fence like an outfielder looking up at the ball, then glancing at the stands, backstop, or dugout to get an idea how close he is and then looking back up to find the ball and make the catch.