Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market: Emilio Bonifacio, Martin Perez, more
KFFL.com's Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market gives you candid reviews and ratings of fantasy baseball players making MLB news in your rotisserie or head-to-head baseball leagues. Are they trade bait or worth your FAAB dollars in your fantasy baseball games?
The trade that sent Omar Infante to the Detroit Tigers yesterday opened up a spot at the keystone in Miami. Bonifacio is the immediate beneficiary; he will become the starter at the keystone. Donovan Solano could spell him there on occasion, but isn't worth a fantasy stab.
Infante will help your AL-only middle infield, and he's worth a FAAB bid, but remember, he won't give you much else besides a useful BA.
The roster shuffling gives Bonifacio a chance to get out of that crowded outfield, where Justin Ruggiano (.366/.433/.688 with seven home runs in 112 at-bats) has surprisingly emerged as the new everyday center fielder, thanks to Bonifacio's stay on the disabled list earlier this year (surgery on sprained left thumb).
He continues to whiff 20 percent of the time, which isn't what you want to see out of a speedster, but he already has 25 stolen bases after missing considerable time and could easily match his 40-SB output from a year ago. Don't count on him carrying you in much else, but the SB production alone is worth owning him for, especially since he won't have to compete in the outfield for PT when Giancarlo Stanton (right knee surgery) returns.
10-tm mixed: Consider
A big blow to the Rangers' rotation came down on Monday when it was announced that Colby Lewis will need season-ending surgery later this week to repair a torn flexor tendon in his right elbow. While it's positive that he won't need Tommy John surgery, Lewis will have a lengthy recovery process; he'll need anywhere from nine to 12 months to heal.
Perez, who went 1-1 with a 3.18 ERA and eight strikeouts in only 11 1/3 innings in two starts with Texas earlier this month, has been recalled to enter the rotation once again. He'll start against the Boston Red Sox today.
With Lewis done for the year, Texas' rotation is in a state of flux. Roy Oswalt (tightness in back) is skipping a start this week, and the club is searching the starting pitching trade market for additional help. Neftali Feliz (elbow inflammation) needs at least two more rehab starts before returning, but he could wind up going back to a relief role. Texas has discussed moving Alexi Ogando back to the rotation, too.
Although Perez posted an ERA of 5.54 in 13 innings in his first major league action, Ron Washington and the rest of the staff was pleased with the work he did. They fully believe the 21-year-old Venezuelan can compete at the major league level. The Rangers will continue to pursue trades for another arm regardless, but if Perez continues to do what's asked of him, he could stick in the rotation for at least the majority of the rest of the season.
The young southpaw displayed his dominance in the minors, and he possesses enough hard-biting movement on his secondary pitches to be effective against major league bats. Like most young hurlers, though, he has a tendency to overthrow and lose some command. He has too much talent to ignore in deep leagues and AL-only formats.
10-tm mixed: Pass
The trade out of left field on Monday that shipped long-time M's staple Ichiro Suzuki to the New York Yankees opened up more playing time in Seattle's outfield. With Franklin Gutierrez (concussion) still slowed by headaches stemming from his concussion, Peguero, Michael Saunders and Casper Wells are the only outfielders listed on the active 25-man roster.
Mike Carp (inflamed right shoulder) returned from the DL today; he can play the outfield, but the Mariners prefer him as their everyday first baseman after demoting the struggling Justin Smoak. This means Peguero, who was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma July 5, can enter the starting outfield trio.
Peguero shined in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League this year with a .293 average, 18 long balls and 41 RBIs in 49 games with the Rainiers. In just seven games since his promotion (six starts), he's 5-for-24 with a home run and two RBIs. His 12 punchouts and no walks reminds us that he shouldn't be expected to maintain a healthy BA in the bigs.
The 6-foot-5, 245-pound 25-year-old is a hulking presence at the dish that can hit the ball a mile when makes solid contact. High strikeout totals down on the farm have made him a one-dimensional power threat, but he showed more patience at the plate with Tacoma this year.
It would be nice if that continued in the bigs with regular PT, but don't bank on it. For now, Peguero can provide a productive power profile for those in need in deeper leagues.
10-tm mixed: Pass
The Fish have a rotation opening after they dealt Anibal Sanchez to the Tigers yesterday. They received highly-regarded pitching prospect Jacob Turner in return, but they want him to get more work in the minors before returning to a major league rotation, which the Marlins said will happen at some point before the end of this season.
Be prepared to spend a pretty FAAB penny in order to nab Sanchez to bolster your AL-only rotation. He has the tools to adjust and succeed in his move to the American League.
Turner has plenty of high-end upside left for the long term, but he may be only NL-only fodder for the remainder of the 2012 season, depending on when Miami brings him up. A September call-up is most likely, barring another trade of a Marlins starter.
LeBlanc, who had been toiling away at Triple-A New Orleans (5-5, 3.74 ERA and 91 K's in 98 2/3 frames in 16 starts), is the favorite to take Sanchez's vacant rotation post. In seven relief appearances this month, he didn't allow a run and fanned eight in 10 1/3 innings.
He sits in the mid- to upper 80s and won't be as dominant as his minor league strikeout-per-nine (8.30) suggests. He's merely a stopgap in the rotation for whenever Turner resurfaces, so consider LeBlanc for rotation depth in only extremely deep systems.
10-tm mixed: Pass
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. Follow @keithdez27
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