Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market: Sergio Santos, more

by Nicholas Minnix on April 26, 2011 @ 23:42:30 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

Michael Cuddyer, Minnesota Twins

Cuddyer is probably owned in the majority of fantasy baseball leagues. In shallow mixed formats, Ron Gardenhire's announcement that the 32-year-old will probably be the Twinkies' primary second sacker until Tsuyoshi Nishioka (broken leg) returns should drive up interest.

Minnesota Twins 1B/OF Michael Cuddyer
Add keystone to flexibility

Cuddyer's mediocre numbers (about .270, 15 homers, 80 RBIs) don't play too well at first and are merely solid in the outfield, but at the keystone, they qualify as something like top-12 production. Obviously, he'll still play somewhere pretty regularly when Nishioka returns.

Shallow mixed: Acquire

Deep mixed: Acquire

AL-only: Acquire

Brandon Wood, Pittsburgh Pirates

Wood, 26, began his NL stint with a two-RBI double in four at-bats on Monday. Perhaps there would've been some urgency to jump on him at the beginning of the week. Hopefully you haven't put too much stock into the change-of-scenery factor here, but the move is good news for Wood. He clearly put too much pressure on himself to rebound, after failing multiple times, with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Same deal: 35- to 40-homer power, questionable (OK, not just questionable) BA profile, a little base-stealing ability to boot. Clint Hurdle will play him all around the infield when he sees an opportunity. A move is unlikely to yield surprise results, but the possibility is always worth exploring.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

NL-only: Acquire

Outfielders

Gerardo Parra, Arizona Diamondbacks

The D-backs placed two-week sensation Willie Bloomquist (hamstring strain) on the disabled list, locking in some regular at-bats in left for Parra again. When Bloomquist returns, he may primarily be a utility player. Until Xavier Nady can make the throws, left field should be Parra's.

The 23-year-old has started the club's last five games, with at least a hit in each (8-for-19, one home run, one theft). Parra has yet to demonstrate that he'll make contact or run consistently in the bigs, but he certainly could put up solid counting marks when he's in a groove. There's double-digit stolen bases in there, somewhere. The only mixed leagues in which he should get a sniff are the extremely deep ones, however.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Consider

NL-only: Acquire

John Mayberry Jr., Philadelphia Phillies

Charlie Manuel kind of served notice to Raul Ibanez that he needs to produce, especially because the Phils haven't mounted much of an intimidating attack since roughly the first week of this campaign. The skipper also seems to believe that Ibanez isn't toast yet, which certainly buys the veteran some time. Don't simply write him off. Ben Francisco has been adequate, which isn't exactly an endorsement, either.

Mayberry packs 25-homer power or better and had an impressive spring (.588 SLG in 68 at-bats). Manuel is seeking some bop, and the lineup could stand another right-handed presence. Mayberry is simply a lotto ticket, for now.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Pass

NL-only: Consider

Pitchers

Sergio Santos, Chicago White Sox

Just a reiteration, at this point: Go pick him up, wherever you can, because Ozzie Guillen is going to test the youngster in more save situations in the absence of any other ChiSox who prove to be both willing and able. Heavy strikeout stuff, has yet to allow a run.

Shallow mixed: Acquire

Deep mixed: Acquire

AL-only: Acquire

Hong-Chih Kuo and Vicente Padilla, Los Angeles Dodgers

Ned Colletti told a radio station on Tuesday that he was concerned about his team's closer situation; it didn't mean that Don Mattingly is no longer relying solely on Jonathan Broxton in save situations. The burly righty finally blew an opportunity, on Monday, after walking a tightrope in several others. His defense wasn't much help in that one, but Broxton has clearly not put to rest any doubts about his ability to handle the job. At the time, the club's GM suggested that Kuo and Padilla could be candidates in save situations, too.

Kuo (back issues) could come off the DL this weekend, but he's not going to pitch on back-to-back days any time soon. His shiny numbers in relief make him a prime target, though, because he is no threat to your roto team's position if he's not recording saves. Remember how well he performed in Broxton's stead after last year's break.

The Dodgers also consider Padilla pretty reliable; he has nasty stuff and a varied arsenal. Closing would be an interesting test, although he seems to have matured in LA. Much depends on how the club handles Broxton from this point forward, but a Padilla bid in a deep league isn't crazy. Just keep in mind that Kuo has already scored some of these points, and Broxton is in no danger of losing his job any time soon, according to his manager.

Shallow mixed: Watch

Deep mixed: Consider

NL-only: Acquire

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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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