Your fantasy baseball cheat sheets are no longer of use. KFFL.com's Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market series gives you tips on fantasy baseball players available as free agents, on waivers or for your FAAB dollars in your rotisserie or head-to-head baseball league. It's time to replace your fantasy baseball busts.
||Add player (in most circumstances)
||Add for speculation or because of need
||Track player, consider if trend continues
||Do not add player (in most circumstances)
Bobby Parnell, New York Mets
Parnell has best SV shot
The Mets unloaded Francisco Rodriguez, sooner than most expected, and to a team, the Milwaukee Brewers, with an established closer, which clearly doesn't match K-Rod's desired setup now that Scott Boras is advising him.
Either way, the Mets have an opening at the back end, and Parnell is likely to get first crack, reportedly. The right-hander with the mid- to upper-90s heater and a 10.95 K/9 this year fits the fantasy owner's concept of present-day closer.
That profile includes control problems, historically. This season, Parnell has walked 3.28 per nine in 24 2/3 frames. That's a solid mark, especially compared to past performance. There's reason to believe that it represents real progress, considering that he walked five in 7 1/3 April frames before hitting the DL with a blood clot in a finger on his right hand. Since his activation (17 1/3 innings), he's walked just four.
Veteran Jason Isringhausen obviously deserves consideration, both from the Mets and roto players. He has experience and is enjoying yet another bounce-back year 3.14 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 6.59 K/9). New York could deal the 38-year-old, too, though, and the organization would be better served to see what Parnell, 26, can do in the ninth.
Shallow mixed: Consider
Deep mixed: Acquire
Clay Hensley, Florida Marlins
The Marlins are bringing back Hensley, who saved seven contests last season and entered 2011 as a setup man, as a starting pitcher, a role he last filled in the minors in 2009 and in the bigs in 2008 (for one appearance). In 40 career major league starts, he's 13-15, with a 4.35 ERA, a 1.44 WHIP and a 5.41 K/9.
The 31-year-old, rehabbing while on the DL for a sprained right shoulder, has already made one start, for advanced Class A Jupiter. He pitched four stanzas, allowing two hits (one a homer), two runs and no walks, with two K's.
Last year, in relief, when he began to rely on his changeup and curveball more often, Hensley's K/9 spiked noticeably (9.24 K/9, backed up by a 11.8 swinging-strike percentage). This season, prior to his injury, he didn't take quite the same approach or, obviously, have quite the same results (5.40 K/9, 6.6 swinging-strike percentage), albeit in 15 innings. The signs point to a highly unlikely return to making a significant strikeout contribution, especially now that he may be a starter for the foreseeable future.
The Fish have tentatively scheduled the righty to start on Monday against the New York Mets. He has a minor league start for Double-A Jacksonville on Wednesday, after which the club is likely to make a decision. Either way, you're probably not going to want to rush him out there for his first 2011 MLB start. He's worth following and perhaps stashing, in case he adds some of the magic he discovered in 2010 to his bag of tricks as a member of the rotation, however long that stint lasts.
Shallow mixed: Pass
Deep mixed: Pass
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.
Don't miss these great reports....