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Drew Butera, Minnesota Twins
Joe Mauer (bilateral leg weakness) is expected to miss more than the minimum for his 15-day DL stay. How much time is just a guess because of the uncertainty about Mauer's case, but GM Bill Smith doesn't think it's a long-term problem.
Franklin not minty
Whatever that means, Butera is known purely for his defensive prowess and ability to call a game, so a .200-type BA (if you're lucky) stands a reasonable chance of doing more harm than good if he plays a lot more often. Steve Holm, with his 107 MLB plate appearances at age 31, offers a little more hope with the bat, although it isn't yet saying much.
Mauer could miss a few weeks, or much longer. This is obviously a playing time buy only, so you may feel more comfortable waiting to see how it shakes out - here or elsewhere.
Shallow mixed: Pass
Deep mixed: Pass
Miguel Batista, St. Louis Cardinals
The fantasy baseball buzzards are circling Ryan Franklin. It's too early to panic, given Tony La Russa's concrete commitment to the right-hander. But he's clearly not ready to trust any of the young arms at his disposal in the closer's role, either. TLR has considered Batista invaluable in late innings early on, and he values the righty's closing experience. If there is a switch sometime soon - and soon is a relative word for La Russa - it'd probably be to Batista.
Batista's 31 saves in 2005 for the Toronto Blue Jays came at the price of a 4.10 ERA and 1.43 WHIP. He is, obviously, nothing special. Batista would likely do nothing but waste roster space in mixed leagues, but in NL leagues, such planning could eventually pay off - sort of.
Shallow mixed: Pass
Deep mixed: Watch
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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