Fantasy baseball players in contract years - AL

by KFFL Staff on February 5, 2010 @ 02:59:32 PDT

 


Also see: Fantasy baseball players in contract years - NL

Historically, according to Baseball HQ, approximately half of the position players in contract years have performed above their normal production, relative to the rest of their careers. For pitchers, that fraction falls drastically; roughly three in 20 post considerably better lines than normal in contract years. Keep that in mind when you consider the value of these American League fantasy baseball players on draft day.

Catchers

Player Team
Option
John Buck Toronto Blue Jays
--
Gerald Laird Detroit Tigers
--
Victor Martinez Boston Red Sox
--
Joe Mauer Minnesota Twins
--
A.J. Pierzynski Chicago White Sox
--
Jason Varitek Boston Red Sox
--

First basemen

Player Team
Option
Nick Johnson New York Yankees
mutual
Paul Konerko Chicago White Sox
--
Lyle Overbay Toronto Blue Jays
--
Carlos Pena Tampa Bay Rays
--

Second basemen

Player Team
Option
Willie Bloomquist Kansas City Royals
--
Mark Ellis Oakland Athletics
club
Esteban German Texas Rangers
--
Maicer Izturis Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
--
Jose Lopez Seattle Mariners
club
Aaron Miles Oakland Athletics
--
Nick Punto Minnesota Twins
club

Third basemen

Player Team
Option
Garrett Atkins Baltimore Orioles
club
Wilson Betemit Kansas City Royals
--
Eric Chavez Oakland Athletics
club
Bill Hall Seattle Mariners
club
Brandon Inge Detroit Tigers
--
Mike Lowell Boston Red Sox
--
Ty Wigginton Baltimore Orioles
--

Shortstops

Player Team
Option
Adam Everett Detroit Tigers
--
Alex Gonzalez Toronto Blue Jays
club
J.J. Hardy Minnesota Twins
--
Cesar Izturis Baltimore Orioles
--
Derek Jeter New York Yankees
--
Jhonny Peralta Cleveland Indians
club
Omar Vizquel Chicago White Sox
--

Outfielders

Player Team
Option
Carl Crawford Tampa Bay Rays
--
Michael Cuddyer Minnesota Twins
club
David DeJesus Kansas City Royals
club
Jose Guillen Kansas City Royals
--
Andruw Jones Chicago White Sox
--
Gabe Kapler Tampa Bay Rays
--
Mark Kotsay Chicago White Sox
--
Jason Kubel Minnesota Twins
club
Magglio Ordonez Detroit Tigers
vesting
Corey Patterson Seattle Mariners
--

Designated hitters

Player Team
Option
Pat Burrell Tampa Bay Rays
--
Hideki Matsui Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
--
David Ortiz Boston Red Sox
club

Starting pitchers

Player Team
Option
Josh Beckett Boston Red Sox
--
Jeremy Bonderman Detroit Tigers
--
Freddy Garcia Chicago White Sox
-
Rich Harden Texas Rangers
mutual
Cliff Lee Seattle Mariners
--
Kevin Millwood Baltimore Orioles
--
Carl Pavano Minnesota Twins
--
Andy Pettitte New York Yankees
--
Nate Robertson Detroit Tigers
--
Ian Snell Seattle Mariners
club
Javier Vazquez New York Yankees
--
Jake Westbrook Cleveland Indians
--
Dontrelle Willis Detroit Tigers
--

Relief pitchers

Player Team
Option
Grant Balfour Tampa Bay Rays
--
Randy Choate Tampa Bay Rays
--
Jesse Crain Minnesota Twins
--
Juan Cruz Kansas City Royals
club
Joey Devine Oakland Athletics
--
Scott Downs Toronto Blue Jays
--
Kyle Farnsworth Kansas City Royals
club
Jason Frasor Toronto Blue Jays
--
Brian Fuentes Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
vesting
Chad Gaudin New York Yankees
--
Matt Guerrier Minnesota Twins
--
Sergio Mitre New York Yankees
--
Darren Oliver Texas Rangers
vesting
J.J. Putz Chicago White Sox
--
Jon Rauch Minnesota Twins
--
Mariano Rivera New York Yankees
--
Bobby Seay Detroit Tigers
--
Scot Shields Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
--
Rafael Soriano Tampa Bay Rays
--
Matt Thornton Chicago White Sox
club
Koji Uehara Baltimore Orioles
--
Dan Wheeler Tampa Bay Rays
club
Kerry Wood Cleveland Indians
vesting

Also see: Fantasy baseball players in contract years - NL

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