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

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New York Yankees all-time third basemen – No. 7: Mike Pagliarulo (10.6 WAR)

Drafted in the sixth round out of the University of Miami in 1981, Pags played his first five years in the Bronx. He made his debut in 1984 and had four good offensive seasons with the Yankees from 1984-1989.

He had 521 hits with the Yankees with nearly half of them extra-base hits. He had 111 doubles, 105 home runs and 12 triples. His first four years he had an OPS of .735 or above and it increased each year topping out at .784 in 1987. He finished up his tenure with the Yankees with a .229 average 337 RBIs.

Playing the hot corner, in 654 games for the Yankees, he averaged just 10 errors a season.

New York Yankees all-time third basemen – No. 6: Wade Boggs (18.3 WAR)

Mostly known for his 11 years in Boston, he is wearing the Red Sox hat in the Hall of Fame, but he came to the Yankees in 1993 and was able to win a World Series championship in 1996 that he could not win with the Red Sox.

Boggs signed as a free agent in 1993 with the Yankees as he headed toward the back end of his career, but you would never know he was in his mid 30’s with the way he contributed for the Yanks. In five years, he hit over .300 in his first four years and finished his time with the Bombers with a slash line of .313/.396/.407. He made the All-Star team four straight years and won two Gold Glove Awards for his stellar play at third base.

Following the Game 6 win over the Atlanta Braves in the 1996 World Series, Boggs jumped on the back of an NYPD horse and went for a celebratory jaunt around Yankee Stadium. Boggs signed with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 1998 and finished his career with two seasons in Florida before retiring at the end of the 1999 season.