Burning Fantasy Baseball Questions: Tampa Bay Rays

by Nicholas Minnix on January 21, 2013 @ 12:32:43 PDT


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Who's the organization's reclamation project this year?

Perhaps it'll be that guy. (See the last line of the answer to the previous question.)

If not, why can't it be James Loney? The dutifully disappointing former Los Angeles Dodger failed to add the home run power that his old organization tried to instill in him for years. In the process, they probably corrupted the left-handed swinger's better-than-average approach and line-drive stroke and turned him into something less productive. He turns 29 in May. There's still time for the Rays to resuscitate his inner Casey Kotchman.

Or, how about Ryan Roberts? In 2011's first half, he surprised the roto globe on his way to 19 homers and 18 stolen bases with the Arizona Diamondbacks, albeit with a batting average that dipped to .249 by season's end. His mediocre plate discipline hurts his chances to get on base, but the club's acquisition of him for a low-level prospect at last year's trade deadline suggests there may be something worth salvaging. The 32-year-old vet is expected to play a variety of infield positions, at least, or man second base.

In your deep (or, perhaps, very deep) leagues, don't write off players like these completely. You never know.

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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.

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