Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - AL

by Nicholas Minnix on August 3, 2010 @ 14:00:00 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?'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
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Adam Moore, C, Seattle Mariners

The M's optioned Rob Johnson to Triple-A Tacoma and called up Moore, 26, today. Moore rose through the system slowly, but he has been a solid hitter throughout his farm stint. He has a .303 average and .482 slugging percentage in the minors. He could provide help as a second backstop.

Cleveland Indians OF Michael Brantley
Brantley back soon

Moore's homer power appears to be dwindling, and he's a .200 hitter in 80 major league at-bats. He has been playing for Tacoma for a month a half since his activation from the DL, where he spent a month with a leg injury. He has batted .321 with three dingers and 15 RBIs in 134 at-bats.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

AL-only: Acquire

Corner infielders

Mike Lowell, 3B, Boston Red Sox

The Red Sox had to place Kevin Youkilis (thumb) on the disabled list. There's no indication about how much time Youk will miss, but when the injury occurred, the BoSox didn't sound extremely concerned.

Boston activated Lowell from the disabled list; he'll likely fill in most of the time. He was 11-for-22 with four homers and 10 RBIs during his rehab stint. He might have a little left in the tank, for the short term.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Acquire

AL-only: Acquire


Michael Brantley, OF, Cleveland Indians

The Tribe announced that they'll recall Brantley as soon as they're able, which should be just a few days, since he was optioned at the beginning of last week. The trade of Austin Kearns to the New York Yankees opened up a roster spot and PT.

Brantley has struggled in the majors this year, but he has decent BA capacity and can swipe a few. Unless you're desperate, there's no need to rush. Trevor Crowe has been adequate, too. Brantley has a little more upside, in the long run. Shelley Duncan has been filling in for the past couple of games and had four hits last night, but Cleveland isn't invested in him.

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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