Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - AL

by Bryce McRae on April 28, 2010 @ 12:30:00 PDT

 


Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - NL

Fantasy baseball waivers and the acquisition of fantasy baseball free agents can make or break your season. Your fantasy baseball cheat sheets won't help you after spring training. If your team remains the same after opening day, you will have trouble competing in your rotisserie baseball league.

Do you need to replace your fantasy baseball busts? Which fantasy baseball players can you ignore? KFFL.com's Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market gives you fantasy baseball tips and insight to sort through the masses quickly.

Key

Acquire Add player (in most circumstances)
Watch Track player, add if trend continues
Pass Do not add player (in most circumstances)

 

Catchers

Matt Treanor, C, Texas Rangers

Treanor has taken over the starter's job after Texas optioned catchers Taylor Teagarden and Jarrod Saltalamacchia to Triple-A Oklahoma City. Salty will do most of the catching at Triple-A, and they hope he can make progress in his required 10 days there so that a return is possible. If not, Teagarden might be headed to Double-A so both can catch regularly.

The 34-year-old Treanor is hitting just .265 with only one homer and six RBIs in 34 at-bats this year. He has a career average of .234 and just nine homers in 770 career at-bats. He's not gifted offensively; taking a chance on his regular at-bats for the short term is about the only reason to look at him.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Pass

AL-only: Watch

Corner infielders

Brandon Wood, 3B, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Let this be a lesson, or at least the beginning of a lesson, for those who ditched Wood after his horrible start. The 25-year-old has consecutive three-hit games, and his average is approaching .200. He has a four-game hitting streak and clubbed his first homer yesterday.

We liked him in the spring as a sleeper. His start shouldn't keep you from owning him. His BABIP (.265) should be due for a bit of correction. He's still hitting flyballs (44.2 percent). Finally, he has the confidence and a long leash from his manager. It's worth a shot for his 25-homer potential.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 3B Brandon Wood
Wood may wield a useful stick yet

Shallow mixed: Watch

Deep mixed: Acquire

AL-only: Acquire

Pitchers

Frank Francisco, RP, Texas Rangers

Frank Frank was able to locate his pitches, especially his slider, in a perfect inning Monday. He doesn't have his old job back yet, but manager Ron Washington wants someone that can close consecutive days. Neftali Feliz, the current closer, hasn't shown he can do that. Francisco should at least be in line for a few save opps with the potential for a return to his old job.

Shallow mixed: Acquire

Deep mixed: Acquire

AL-only: Acquire

Alfredo Simon, RP, Baltimore Orioles

Manager Dave Trembley wants some stability in his bullpen. It's a bit soon to say Simon has, but the righty, who underwent TJ surgery last May, worked one inning last night in earning a save. He struck out two, induced four grounders and hit 96 mph, all against the New York Yankees. The big worry is how he'll recover today. His surgery occurred less than a year ago.

Now, Jim Johnson is still the favorite for saves here, but Simon shouldn't be ignored. Trembley said he will go with the guy who can record outs. Johnson hasn't been that guy yet, although Trembley's usage is questionable. Simon is a deep speculative pickup, but one that could net you a few cheap saves.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

AL-only: Acquire

Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - NL

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About Bryce McRae

Bryce McRae is a Managing Editor with KFFL and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1999. He joined KFFL as a volunteer writer in March 2005 before becoming a Hot off the Wire Analyst in March 2006. He began working in his current capacity in September 2008. His work has appeared on fantasy sports sites such as Yahoo! and CBS Sportsline as well as in print. He graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2008 with a B.A. in History and U.S. Studies.


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