Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - AL

by Nicholas Minnix on July 30, 2010 @ 12:25:00 PDT

 


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)

 

Corner infielders

Jorge Cantu, 1B/3B, Texas Rangers

Baltimore Orioles 3B Josh Bell
Let Baltimore's Bell toll

Attention: Cantu is available in AL-only formats. His skills appear to be declining, but he can still continue to produce along the line of, if not improve on, the .262-10-54 line he achieved this year with the Florida Marlins.

Cantu, still just 28, could run into a minor playing time quandary once second baseman Ian Kinsler (leg) returns. Don't be too worried, though. Texas might give him a look at the keystone, but don't bank on eligibility there for Cantu.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Acquire

AL-only: Acquire

Josh Bell, 3B, Baltimore Orioles

Miguel Tejada is now a member of the San Diego Padres. The O's want a regular look at the future of their hot corner. Bell's first call-up resulted in sporadic PT and five hits (none for extra bases) in 19 at-bats.

There has been speculation that B-more will talk to him about giving up switch-hitting. He has murdered right-handers while being barely adequate versus southpaws on the farm. Bell represents rest-of-season upside, either way. He was hitting .278 with 13 homers and 50 RBIs in 316 at-bats (.381 with five dingers and 12 ribs in his last 10 games) for Triple-A Norfolk.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Acquire

AL-only: Acquire

Middle infielders

Jayson Nix, 2B/3B, Cleveland Indians

Nix went on a bit of a tear (19-for-73 with six homers and 11 RBIs in a 17-game stretch) before the Indians activated Asdrubal Cabrera from the DL recently. The Tribe traded Jhonny Peralta to the Detroit Tigers, though, and now Nix is expected to be the primary beneficiary.

Nix hasn't proven that he can hit for average or long stretches in the bigs yet. His middle infielder value adds intrigue, though. If you felt slightly dissed in whatever format you found a fit for him (or ignored him) in your league, where applicable, dive back in.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

AL-only: Acquire

Pitchers

Matt Capps, RP, Minnesota Twins

The Washington Nationals traded their closer to the Twinkies, who will hand him the same role, dethroning Jon Rauch. AL-only players, mount up, and be prepared to fire your FAAB bucks.

It's a tough break for Rauch owners, who nevertheless should hang on until Capps' mettle is tested in the AL during a pennant race. Rauch has proven himself, for the most part. Rauch owners who have to protect this investment should spend the most, but Capps should fetch many dollars regardless.

Shallow mixed: Acquire

Deep mixed: Acquire

AL-only: Acquire

Kerry Wood, RP, Cleveland Indians

The Indians may activate Wood (blister) as soon as today. Fantasy players can't be thrilled with his output, but he still remains the favorite for saves in Cleveland. He's widely available.

Shallow mixed: Watch

Deep mixed: Acquire

AL-only: Acquire

Michael Wuertz and Craig Breslow, RPs, Oakland Athletics

Andrew Bailey (back) is on the DL; this pair stands to benefit. Wuertz has a little more experience filling in at the back end, but Breslow handles hitters from both sides of the plate well. Wuertz has struggled against left-handed hitters and notably at times in general this year.

Bailey could be back in a week or so ... but then again, the A's didn't see themselves placing him on the DL a few days ago. Wuertz is the knee-jerk pickup; Breslow has more long-term viability.

Shallow mixed: Watch

Deep mixed: Acquire

AL-only: Acquire

Edwin Jackson, SP, Chicago White Sox

Right back to the AL ... for now. There is plenty of speculation that the ChiSox are hoping to flip Jackson for Washington Nationals first baseman Adam Dunn, so Jackson may not be in the player pool by the time your FAAB run goes off.

Even if he is, he's no more exciting in a new league than he was in his old one. He's still prone to occasional brilliance mixed with frequent blowups, thanks to control issues and homer issuance. The latter won't change on the South Side. In D.C., it might be a different story....

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

AL-only: Acquire

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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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