Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - NL

by Nicholas Minnix on August 17, 2010 @ 15:00:00 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)
Consider Add for speculation or because of need
Watch Track player, consider if trend continues
Pass Do not add player (in most circumstances)



Hisanori Takahashi, RP, New York Mets

Francisco Rodriguez (thumb) did damage to his person in his scuffle with his papa last week. He's out for the year, and the Mets want him gone, it sounds.

Cincinnati Reds SP Homer Bailey
Another shot of Bailey?

Pedro Feliciano, Manny Acosta and Bobby Parnell all might have been (and still might be) candidates to lock things down. Skipper Jerry Manuel's motto: He did it last night; let's see what he's got. That makes Takahashi the front-runner, for now.

The Japanese southpaw doesn't have typical closer's stuff, but that isn't a job requirement. He has performed much more admirably in a relief role (2.68 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 10.2 K/9) than a starting one (5.01 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, 7.5 K/9). A potentially glaring long-term issue: Right-handed hitters have fared pretty well (.271 BA, .457 slugging percentage) against him.

It's extremely unlikely that anyone here is going to cure saves deprivation. Takahashi took the reins first, though. If this job changes hands even once, you're probably better off avoiding this situation until further breakdowns.

Shallow mixed: Consider

Deep mixed: Consider

NL-only: Acquire

Homer Bailey, SP, Cincinnati Reds

The Reds began using Bailey in the bullpen in the minors, but that trial lasted for only one appearance. When the league suspended Johnny Cueto for giving taekwondo lessons, Cincy needed Bailey to start this past Sunday, against the Florida Marlins. The right-hander didn't disappoint, with six shutout innings and four K's.

There has already been speculation that the Reds will boot Mike Leake from the rotation - in part because of recent performance and, likely, in part because of workload concerns. The Reds don't have to be overly concerned at this point, but they aren't going to put the pedal to Leake's metal.

After a terrible April, Bailey was effective in May, save for one lousy outing. Maybe Cincy gambles that their former prodigy is rediscovering his late-season form from a year ago.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

NL-only: Consider

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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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