Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market: Ryan Doumit, Chone Figgins, more

by Keith Hernandez on July 21, 2011 @ 11:59:27 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)

 

Catchers

Ryan Doumit, Pittsburgh Pirates

Doumit has been out since late May with a non-displaced left ankle fracture but is set to start a rehab stint with Class A Bradenton Thursday. He could return to the team at some point next week in the best-case scenario. The switch-hitting catcher/outfielder was hitting .269 with four home runs and 15 RBIs in 93 at-bats before going down.

Seattle Mariners IF/OF Chone Figgins
Figgins: back in style?

With Chris Snyder (surgery on herniated disc) still on the long road to recovery, Doumit figures to see plenty of action behind the plate when he returns. The Bucs are using a combination of Mike McKenry and Eric Fryer behind the dish, so they are looking for an offensive upgrade at the position. Doumit can add some nice pop if you're looking for catcher ABs.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

NL-only: Acquire

Corner Infielders

Wilson Betemit, Detroit Tigers

Brandon Inge (.177/.242/.242) quickly fell out of favor in Detroit - he was designated for assignment Thursday - prompting the team to trade for Kansas City Royals third baseman Wilson Betemit, who had been resigned to a reserve role with Mike Moustakas ahead of him. Betemit will become the starter at the hot corner in Detroit, but if he struggles, Don Kelly could also split time here.

Betemit, 29, is a .268 career hitter as a backup and utility man for five different organizations. He was batting .281 with three homers and 27 RBIs in 203 at-bats with the Royals. His defensive skills aren't close to the superior glove of Inge, but his bat is an obvious upgrade. The switch-hitting Dominican isn't anything special at the plate, but a starting spot and a better lineup around him will raise his value.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

AL-only: Acquire

Middle Infielders

Chone Figgins, Seattle Mariners

Are the free-falling M's beginning to panic? The move to call up Kyle Seager may have been a bit hasty; he was sent down Wednesday after hitting just .136 with seven strikeouts and three walks in seven ball games. Chone Figgins (.184-1-14) is having an abysmal season but could be in line to see some more starts; he's starting in left field Thursday for the first time since 2006.

The Mariners may be willing to use Figgins in more of a utility role, much like the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim did, to increase his productivity and to audition him for potential trade suitors. He'll likely compete for starts at third with Adam Kennedy, though. The 33-year-old switch-hitter's name is circulating as a trade chip, and Seattle would be willing to eat much of his contract to get rid of him. If Figgins lands with a team such as the Cincinnati Reds (rumored to be after him), a change in scenery and perhaps a leadoff spot could do wonders for him.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

AL-only: Acquire

Willie Bloomquist, Arizona Diamondbacks

Stephen Drew's (fractured right ankle) disappointing season came to an end Wednesday after an awkward slide into home plate. Bloomquist is the likely replacement at shortstop, unless the team deals for another body before the trading deadline.

Bloomquist, 33, has been a super-utility player for the D-Backs, playing short, second and the outfield this year. In 62 at-bats in April, Bloomquist hit .306 with one homer, seven RBIs and seven stolen bases. Since then, however, his playing time has been more sporadic, and his average has dropped to .217. He's also had only three SBs since his surprising first month. Bloomquist doesn't have the raw talent that Drew possesses, but he's a capable fill-in and can get hot in short spurts.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

NL-only: Acquire

Pitchers

Edward Mujica, Florida Marlins

Jack McKeon, while discussing the usage of closer Leo Nunez Wednesday, revealed a useful tidbit for those searching for saves: Mujica would be the team's ninth-inning stopper should Nunez be traded away. With several contending teams in the market for late-inning relievers, Nunez could be in demand; the Philadelphia Phillies have already approached the Fish about him.

Mujica, 27, has pitched well this season for the Marlins, going 8-2 with a 2.98 ERA and a 0.88 WHIP in 45 1/3 innings. He has 34 K's against just five walks. McKeon thinks Mujica has the mentality to be a closer, although he's never been named to the role in his career (he has two career saves). Mike Dunn and Steve Cishek were also named as potential closers in the event that Nunez is dealt, but they likely wouldn't get a real chance until next year. If you're in desperate need of saves and have room, start thinking about stashing Mujica.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

NL-only: Consider

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About Keith Hernandez

Keith, an editor with KFFL, joined the team as a Hot off the Wire analyst in 2008 and has been playing fantasy sports since 2005. He is involved in MLB, NFL and NASCAR content. He graduated from the University of California-San Diego in 2005 with a B.A. in Communications and was a four-year starter as a member of the baseball program.

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