Couldn't help yourself putting a few cardinals in there where they don't belong eh?
No wainwright whatsoever. and there's many that could make a case for hollidays spot on your list.
Their performances over the last three years show they belong (minus Carpenter who was a top 10 player in baseball last year).
Who do you believe belongs instead?
Hell I put Posey over Molina, and Molina was clearly better last year
Matt Carpenter was top 10 in all of baseball last year, and had he played third base, he would have turned in the best season other than Miguel Cabrera (who is now at first).
Wainwright is clearly a top 5 starter, and Holliday has been one of the most consistent left fielders in the game for over 5 years, and each year is top 3 from the position.
Would love to see your rankings though. Easy to call someone a homer when you don't provide your own rankings, but at least the numbers back up my choices.
To back myself up:
Last year, Matt Holliday was third in fWAR among left fielders, and second in offensive production (wRC+, wOBA, wRC) among all left fielders.....first place? Mike Trout who is now a center fielder.
Over the last four seasons, Matt Holliday has the best WAR among all left fielders, production coming each season.
Molina is number one among catcher WAR since 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and was the top offensive catcher and the top defensive catcher in baseball last season (again)....and I still put him behind Posey.
Matt Carpenter's 7.0 fWAR, would have placed second among third basemen to Josh Donaldson, whose projections show him to have a stronger regression going forward, and each were equal offensively, except Carpenter played more.
And Wainwright has been top 5 as a pitcher the last two seasons, and was prior to his TJ injury in 2011.
STEAMER projections for 2014
Wainwright - 5th among starters
Carpenter - 6th among third basemen (very close to those ahead of him)
Holliday - 1st among left fielders
Molina - 2nd among catchers
ZIPS projections for 2014
Wainwright - 8th (Tanaka is fourth for some reason)
Carpenter - 7th among third basemen
Holliday - 4th among left fielders
Molina - 2nd among catchers
OLIVER projections for 2014
Wainwright - rankings not available
Carpenter - 3rd (0.2 WAR from first)
Holliday - 4th
Molina - 5th
I pretty much agree with most of your picks. I probably put Kipnis on over Zobrist. I MIGHT put Yadi over Posey but I could easily go with yours. Darvish would be 5th or 6th in my head with Verlander being 5th or 6th too. LF is a bugger. Not sure I can bring myself to put Braun 1st. I would probably put Cargo there but will admit my hatred for Braun may be clouding my judgment. I may put Beltre on over Carpenter simply because of his track record but I can't argue against Carpenter. A big part of me wants to replace Bautista with Stanton or Bruce.