I believe there is a case to be made that David Wright had more value to fantasy owners than Miguel Cabrera last season.
Wright hit .306 with 99 runs, 27HR, 102RBIs, and 17 steals.
Cabrera hit .323 with 106 runs, 33HR, 116RBIs, and 1 steal.
Using standard deviation from my calculation of the average 2005 major league position starting player .267BA, 62 runs, 14HR, 67 RBIs, and 9 SB (I know this is not a perfect average...I'm working on it
), I have Wright as being ever so slightly better than Cabrera last year.
Even if you don't agree that Wright was better, I don't think it is far fetched to call them players of very similar value.
Furthermore, Wright and Cabrera are both going to be 23 in baseball years (age as of 7/1) next season, but Cabrera has had 692 more regular season major league at bats than Wright. So, I don't think it is out of line to say that Wright has more room to get better (especially in terms of batting average) than Cabrera does.
Of course, Wright will need to match or improve upon his 2005 steals total to rival or better Cabrera 2006. With all the running that the Mets do and my perception of Wright as a hard worker who will find a way to improve his basestealing ability - barring injury - I don't see why he wouldn't get 17+ steals in 2006.
Thus, until I am presented with an arguement that shatters the one I presented above, I intend to rank David Wright as my #2 5x5 fantasy baseball third baseman behind Alex Rodriguez and ahead of Cabrera.