Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - AL

by Nicholas Minnix on May 18, 2010 @ 14:10:00 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?'s Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market gives you fantasy baseball tips and insight to sort through the masses quickly.


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


Corner infielders

Edwin Encarnacion, 3B, Toronto Blue Jays

Toronto Blue Jays 3B Edwin Encarnacion
Encarnacion is back

Encarnacion is back from the DL. He reclaimed his spot at the hot corner on Tuesday. The right-handed hitter has been somewhat of an underachiever, although injuries can shoulder (pun intended) some of the blame.

The Jays placed Travis Snider (wrist) on the DL, so PT concerns are on temporary hold. Fred Lewis was expected to retain his regular outfield spot, which might have left the hot-hitting Jose Bautista out in the cold. Each remains valuable.

When Snider returns, this situation will be a bit more fluid. Encarnacion isn't a rush-out-and-get-him type, but be aware. He thinks he has his timing back, and he has 20-homer power. He showed it by going deep today.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

AL-only: Acquire

Middle infielders

Jason Donald, SS, Cleveland Indians

Asdrubal Cabrera (broken arm) will be out for at least six weeks and probably the rest of the season. The Indians called up one of their better prospects to replace him on the roster. Cleveland received Donald from the Philadelphia Phillies in the Cliff Lee trade last July.

Donald has moderate and - maybe - developing power and OK speed, per reports. He can hit a little, but his work ethic is what helps him compete. This year at Triple-A Columbus he has already stolen 10 bases, but he's not a base stealer. He doesn't excel in any one area. Donald is just a solid player, and he may end up playing a lot this year.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

AL-only: Acquire


Joaquin Benoit, RP, Tampa Bay Rays

The Rays may have a free agent bargain in the right-hander who finally appears recovered from January 2009 surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff.

Benoit struck out all five men he faced last night. He has fanned nine and walked one in 6 2/3 innings with the big club. He struck out 17 and walked three in 9 2/3 frames at Triple-A Durham, before his summons.

Rafael Soriano has been great, but he has an extensive injury history. Grant Balfour is probably a formidable next-in-line, but he struggled last year. J.P. Howell (shoulder) had a minor setback, and his return is delayed.

Benoit has saved a few in his lifetime and is throwing harder than he ever has. He could be used in more pressure situations going forward. He might be a decent LIMA find, regardless.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

AL-only: Acquire

Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - NL

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About Nicholas Minnix

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.

The University of Delaware alum is a regular guest on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Baltimore's WNST AM 1570.

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