I'm not sure who suffered more pain last season -- Adrian Beltre or his owners. Beltre was bothered by a sore shoulder that required surgery forcing him to miss more than a month and he injured his testicle when a groundball struck him in that area in August. (It's ok to wince fellas).

Beltre struggled last season with a .265 average, eight home runs, 44 RBIs, 13 stolen bases and a .683 OPS in 449 at-bats. It was the first time he failed to reach 500 at-bats since 2001. Before last season, Beltre had at least 25 homers in three consecutive seasons.

The good news is Beltre's move to Boston and Fenway Park. Beltre was hurt by playing in spacious Safeco Park. Over the last three years, he hit .252 with a .703 OPS at home and .287 with an .819 OPS on the road.

If Beltre is healthy, he will bounce back. He's in a good ballpark and good lineup. Third base is top heavy and then there's a dropoff. Beltre currently has an ADP of 180 on mockdraftcentral.com. That's the 15th round in a 12-team mixed league. If you don't get one of the top third basemen, it's worth waiting to grab Beltre at that value.

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