Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market

by Nicholas Minnix on April 12, 2011 @ 12:43:56 PDT

 


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Key

Acquire Add player (in most circumstances)
Consider Add for speculation or because of need
Watch Track player, consider if trend continues
Pass Do not add player (in most circumstances)

 

Middle infielders

Jamey Carroll, Los Angeles Dodgers

Rafael Furcal broke his thumb on Monday and is expected to be sidelined for about four to six weeks. The Blue's high-priced shortstop blurted out that he might retire after he learned the nature of his injury, but it was likely an emotional reaction.

Carroll will pick up the majority of, if not all, the ABs at short in Furcal's stead. He's off to a hot start (.393 in 28 at-bats, one stolen base) thanks to Casey Blake's early-season absence. You know what you're getting: a solid BA, some runs scored and a few thefts, perhaps, plus position flexibility.

Los Angeles Dodgers SS Rafael Furcal
Furcal falls again

Blake (deep thigh bruise) could be out for a few days, at least. That allows call-up Ivan De Jesus to slot in at the keystone immediately, but he's unlikely to have fantasy value and will likely sit very soon.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Consider

NL-only: Acquire

Outfielders

Corey Patterson, Toronto Blue Jays

The Jays apparently decided, rather than mess with it anymore, to send Rajai Davis (right ankle strain) to the disabled list to let him heal fully. Patterson immediately gains value, because he's one of only a few left-handed bats available to Toronto, and because he may lead off versus righties and bat second against lefties while Davis is out.

C-Pat has his drawbacks - he's prone to long slumps because of his propensity to strike out. But he banged out eight homers and stole 21 bases in 308 at-bats for the Baltimore Orioles last season. He went 2-for-5 with a ding dong in his first 2011 action last night. He's not a bad AL reserve, anyway.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

AL-only: Acquire

Aaron Rowand, San Francisco Giants

The Giants are contemplating the move of Andres Torres (strained left Achilles') to the DL. Rowand has been filling in for the club's leadoff man in center and could do so in the top spot at times, too, if that tranny comes about. You can get a jump on situations like this; often teams are optimistic about return dates but cautious about sending players back to the field.

The Giants benched Rowand in favor of Torres last year. The perception was that Rowand was kind of washed up, but he's 33. His body takes a beating, but the extensive rest last year likely left him a bit refreshed. He could be a serviceable player (.270 BA, a homer or two, some runs scored) for a couple of weeks if needed. He's off to a solid start (7-for-22, one home run).

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Pass

NL-only: Consider

Pitchers

Dustin Moseley, San Diego Padres

The Padres sent Wade LeBlanc right back to where he came from - Triple-A - and will leave Moseley in the rotation for the time being. Obviously, his career numbers (5.12 ERA, 1.50 WHIP) don't suggest the possibility of long-term success, but PETCO Park does strange things for pitchers.

The right-hander, 29, won't provide many K's, but he's in a good spot to limit homers and has an opportunity, at least. He has allowed only four runs (three earned), on 12 hits and four walks, in his first two starts. Eventually, it's highly likely that Cory Luebke, in the bullpen right now and a much better fantasy prospect, will overtake him.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Pass

NL-only: Consider

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About Nicholas Minnix

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.

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