Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market: Jason Bourgeois, more

by Keith Hernandez on July 26, 2011 @ 11:30:40 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)


Corner Infielders

Miguel Cairo, Cincinnati Reds

With Scott Rolen (strained left shoulder) hitting the disabled list last Friday, Cairo has taken over the starting duties at the hot corner in Cincy. Todd Frazier, who was recalled in the corresponding move with Rolen going to the DL, could see occasional starts there, but Cairo is expected to be the main man until Rolen returns, which given his chronic shoulder issues might not be when he's first eligible.

Scott Rolen, 3B, Cincinnati Reds
Rolen downhill?

Cairo, 37, obviously isn't a long-term solution at third, but Dusty Baker likes his veteran presence and experience over the youth of Frazier, who saw the majority of his starts with Triple-A Louisville in the outfield. Cairo, a career utility man, is hitting .287 with four HRs and 20 RBIs in 150 at-bats this year. He's a career .268 hitter in 16 seasons and had a career-high six homers in 360 at-bats in 2004 with the New York Yankees. Cairo isn't much more than a warm body for those in desperate need of a corner infielder.

If Frazier starts seeing more time, he offers a little more intrigue but would hold the same recommendation as Cairo.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Pass

NL-only: Consider

Middle Infielders

Paul Janish, Cincinnati Reds

The Reds placed Zack Cozart on the DL with a left elbow injury Sunday, which led to the return of Janish. Cozart was called up July 7 because the Reds needed some more offense from the shortstop position; Edgar Renteria and Janish weren't getting it done. Before being sent down, Janish was hitting just .227 in 68 games.

Janish, 28, went 3-for-4 with a double in his first game back Monday and said he made some minor mechanical adjustments during his stay at Class AAA Louisville; he hit .256 with one homer and three RBIs in 13 games. Janish has never been a wizard with the bat (career .229 hitter in four seasons), and his defensive prowess is basically what earned him the starting job heading into the season.

He will continue to split time with Renteria, and it's possible Baker will hand the job back to Cozart when he returns. Janish is a low-risk, low-reward investment if you're scrounging among middle infielders for minor contributions in counting stats. But how much does that mean to your team?

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Pass

NL-only: Consider


Jason Bourgeois, Houston Astros

A slight change in playing time in Houston has opened the door slightly for Bourgeois, who returned from a quadriceps injury last Friday. Bradley Mills said Monday that Brett Wallace's (.278/.354/.389) PT will be reduced, if at least temporarily, which means more starts for Bourgeois in left field while Carlos Lee moves to first base.

Bourgeois has missed roughly half of the Astros' games this year due to two trips to the DL, and in 107 at-bats, he's hitting .355 with no long balls, nine RBIs and 17 stolen bases. The 29-year-old's speed alone makes him worthy of a roster spot, but keep in mind that Wallace will still be playing, just not as much, so Bourgeois' PT will still be spotty, as well.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

NL-only: Acquire

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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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