New York Yankees: All-time best third basemen in franchise history

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Who are the all-time best third basemen in New York Yankees history?

Over the history of the franchise, the New York Yankees have had many different third basemen play the hot corner. They have had guys with power and they have had guys that have been solid fielders in a tough position in the field.

They have had guys who started in other positions who ended up making the move to third based on need and a position that needed to be filled at the time. Teams look to fill the position with power bats and the Yankees are no different, whether it’s a home run hitter or contact hitter.

With that said, here are the Top 10 third basemen in franchise history based on War Above Replacement (WAR). The WAR from Baseball-Reference was used to compile this list.

New York Yankee’s all-time third basemen – No. 10: Chase Headley (8.6 WAR)

What a beginning to his career in Pinstripes. Chase Headley was acquired from the San Diego Padres on

July 22, 2014 in a trade for Yangervis Solarte and Rafael De Paula. He shaved right after the trade and wasted little time in producing for his new team. Headley delivered a game-winning RBI walk-off single in the bottom of the 14th inning later that night in a 2-1 win over the Texas Rangers at the Stadium.

He finished his four years with the Yankees with an average of .262 with 43 home runs and 191 RBIs, while averaging 21 doubles a year. His best year for the Yankees was in 2017 with a slash line of .273/.352/.406 with 12 home runs and 61 RBI.

In 432 games at third base for the Yanks, he made 48 errors before being moved to first base following the acquisition of Todd Frazier. Though Headley moved to first base following the Frazier trade with the Chicago White Sox,  he will be remembered for his time at third base in New York.

Headley was traded following the 2017 season back to the Padres.