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Mark Trumbo, 1B, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Kendrys Morales' negative news puts Trumbo in position to open as a big league starter. The latter's impressive spring (five home runs, .340 batting average in 47 at-bats) put him on the radar of shallow AL leaguers - and maybe deep mixed leaguers. He was a consideration for deep sleeper candidacy coming into ST, and this convergence of circumstances (a known possibility at the time) was a big reason.
Let's not overlook his flaws (questionable batting average profile), but the Halos could really use some power, and this solid prospect will get a chance to display it early on - at minimum. Don't ignore the possibility of Morales' injury affecting him for a while.
Jake Fox, 1B, Baltimore Orioles
You know the rule: Spring numbers mean very little. That is, except when some dude is on an absolute tear. Unfortunately for Fox, there's no clear path to playing time. There's a couple of not-so-clear paths to playing time, however, and they're navigable. Derrek Lee (thumb, wrist) is inching along. Vladimir Guerrero is just rickety. Luke Scott would present a problem in either case, but platoon play would be a possibility. A couple of other, less likely scenarios could shake out, too.
The O's have no choice but to grant Fox a reserve spot, and he'll be aching for a shot. Deep leaguers shouldn't hesitate to take an end-game chance (it may even cost you a couple of extra bucks in a deep AL league) in case this becomes a breakout campaign for the 28-year-old. This is especially true if he has catcher eligibility, or earns it back, in your league.
Morales limping to the starting line
Brian Fuentes, RP, Oakland Athletics
Andrew Bailey (forearm) is pretty much fine - for now - so the A's have dodged a bullet. Fuentes sports the most reliable resume for Bailey fill-in work, however, and he's at bare minimum an AL-only must-have, at least for Bailey owners.
Will Rhymes, 2B, Detroit Tigers
Jim Leyland has shown an affinity for this speedy sparkplug. He'll fill in for Carlos Guillen (knee) for a bit, and his ability to make contact makes him a threat to get on base. The upside isn't great, beyond playing time and some stolen bases, but an end-game bid on someone like Rhymes can provide you with just enough return in very deep leagues. He doesn't have position flexibility should Detroit need to lean on a utility player down the line.
Kendrys Morales, 1B, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
News of a setback and a DL stint to open isn't at all surprising. In fact, although we're less optimistic than the consensus, we were still a little generous. We reflected Morales' chances of bouncing back to reasonably good production for the spot, but it came with risk. Now, that's more apparent to fantasy baseball managers who didn't take it into account. Given that he has done virtually nothing this spring to build up strength around his lower leg, it could be a little while before Morales makes a worthwhile statistical impact.
Andrew Bailey, RP, Oakland Athletics
The right-hander gave fantasy owners a scare, but there's reason to be cautiously optimistic now that Bailey's injury has been labeled "forearm tightness." Let's keep in mind that such an injury has been a precursor to TJS in the past, as has elbow cleanup, which he had performed at the close of last season. He has already had elbow ligament replacement surgery, but that was in 2004, and it's not unheard of for players to repeat that performance. Just ask Joey Devine. Still, upside remains, and it may come and at a great discount if the room is made up of fraidy cats.
Scott Downs, RP, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
The Halos' top southpaw reliever broke his toe and won't be available to begin the season. He has had problems with this toe before, but as long as the Halos give him enough time, it shouldn't be a problem. He remains an OK target in AL leagues for a few vulture saves, although he's not the most exciting choice.
Luis Castillo, 2B, Philadelphia Phillies
The switch-hitter's new location might encourage someone in your league. A $1 bid on this proven vet could pay off. But Castillo looks like a player with a relatively great sense of entitlement and a relatively low level of petrol left in the ol' fuel reservoir. The Phils' borderline big leaguers who have competed for the potential keystone opening have all performed well, too. He's a vet, though, certainly something the Phils value, assuming that he gives a concerted effort.
Scott Sizemore, 2B, Detroit Tigers
One of the club's better prospects just a year ago, Sizemore lost the battle to be the short-term fill-in for Carlos Guillen (knee) at the keystone. Guillen is far from a lock to remain healthy when (if?) he does return, however, and Will Rhymes probably lacks the long-term viability Motown would need if Guillen was sidelined for a long period. Sizemore still has upside as a deep sleeper, but he's an end-gamer and begging for an opportunity.
Minnix is baseball editor and a fantasy football analyst at KFFL. He plays in LABR and Tout Wars and won the FSWA Baseball Industry Insiders League in 2010.
The University of Delaware alum is a regular guest on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Baltimore's WNST AM 1570.