Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market: Roger Bernadina, more

by Nicholas Minnix on April 27, 2011 @ 09:35:35 PDT


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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

Aaron Miles, Los Angeles Dodgers

The Dodgers haven't had much luck in the infield thus far. They'll have to place Casey Blake (infection in elbow) on the disabled list; he'll miss around four weeks, say the initial forecasts. Juan Uribe (thigh tightness) may return soon, but Rafael Furcal (broken thumb) is several weeks away from a return.

Washington Nationals OF Roger Bernadina
Muscle his way into lineup?

Miles is 13-for-55 (.236) with four RBIs this year. He's more of a .280 hitter, although there is no power or speed to count on. The 34-year-old would fall under the PT acquisition type; when Uribe returns, he seems likeliest to play third, where Miles has been filling in for a few games. Miles has a good chance to remain in the lineup at the keystone, though.

Ivan De Jesus has started a couple of games at second base because of all the injuries. He's capable of playing exceptional defense and has some offensive upside (BA, speed) perhaps forgotten after some career trials. However, LA may understandably be reluctant to make that faith-based assumption.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Pass

NL-only: Consider


Roger Bernadina, Washington Nationals

The Nats called up Bernadina, 26, when Ian Desmond went on paternity leave. The club's shortstop won't be out for more than three days, so Bernadina's stay likely won't be long. However, Jim Riggleman left open the possibility that the 6-foot-2, 198-pound outfielder remains up and someone else gets the boot in a day or two.

Bernadina delivering value in the short term is a long-shot concept. But, he added a little bulk in the offseason and combines solid speed with a little power; he swiped 16 bases and bopped 11 round-trippers, while batting .246, in 414 at-bats last season. It's not clear who else might get the boot, unless the Nats decide that Matt Stairs isn't worth keeping around.

D.C. brass sounds mixed on whether Bernadina can play center field, but he has played all three OF positions. They may be tempted to keep him around because they're essentially running out of time to evaluate him. There's developing interest in the Tampa Bay Rays' B.J. Upton, and offseason addition Corey Brown, 25, at some point may warrant a call-up, too.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Pass

NL-only: Watch

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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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