Ranking the projected starting National League first basemen

Paul Goldschmidt joins a new team but still tops the position in the Senior Circuit.

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While the American League is short on game-changing first basemen, that isn’t the case in the National League.

Recent years have seen Paul Goldschmidt, Freddie Freeman, Anthony Rizzo, and Joey Votto (won in 2010) become MVP candidates, on a yearly basis. Last year also saw the emergence of Max Muncy and Jesus Aguilar.

Here are the rankings for the projected starting first basemen in the National League (depth charts were taken from Roster Resource). As a subjective list, many of the players can almost be considered interchangeable as to where they are ranked.

1

Paul Goldschmidt, Cardinals

Goldschmidt joins St. Louis after a star-studded eight years with the Diamondbacks. The 31-year-old was twice the runner-up for National League MVP and finished sixth in voting last year when he hit .290 with 33 homers and 35 doubles. He is a former three-time Gold Glove winner, last taking home honors in 2017.

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2

Freddie Freeman, Braves

Freeman tied for the National League lead with 44 doubles in 2018. Last year, he also batted .309 (third straight year over .300) and hit 23 home runs (eighth straight year with at least 18 homers). The 29-year-old was elite manning first base and taking home his first Gold Glove. He finished fourth in National League MVP voting.

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