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When people think lineup positions known for big bats and power, the first two that come to mind are first basemen and designated hitters. As they should, since one position is not required to play defense, and the other is playing the easiest position on the field. For this reason, a first baseman in free agency with an .800 OPS is often considered a "decent piece" or a third corner IF option, while a catcher with the same hitting numbers becomes a sought-after free agent, destined for eight figure a year salaries. Position scarcity is important. Last year in MLB, 1B/DHs combined to go .270/.355/.471, and slugged an average of almost 26 home runs per 650 plate appearances. Given that a .826 OPS is the average for 1B/DH types, one would assume that most contending teams would have no worse ...

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