Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - AL

by Nicholas Minnix on September 1, 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)


Desmond Jennings, OF, Tampa Bay Rays

Tampa Bay Rays OF Desmond Jennings
Watching more than playing?

The Rays called up another of their top prospects in the game. (They must get tired of hearing that.) Jennings hit .278, with a .362 OBP and 37 stolen bases in 41 attempts, at Triple-A Durham.

The 23-year-old has the kind of skill set that can help him have an immediate impact in the bigs. He probably won't have the chance to make it any time soon, though.

Keep this in mind: The Rays aren't afraid to plug in youngsters if they make their team most dangerous. Tampa could move Ben Zobrist to the infield regularly if Jennings makes their lineup better, which he might. The club also brought in Brad Hawpe and Rocco Baldelli, both of whom are likelier to see time at DH, if at all. PT for Jennings isn't likely, but if he gets it, he could make a roto difference.

Shallow mixed: Watch

Deep mixed: Watch

AL-only: Acquire

Jeff Francoeur, OF, Texas Rangers

The Rangers continue to add bit players to their bench. Frenchy hit .237 with 11 homers and 54 RBIs in 401 at-bats with the New York Mets this season. The man who never met a pitch he didn't like isn't going to play much, barring injury. He would be mildly intriguing if he came into at-bats, given the venue change and the help he'd receive. Texas has a few injury-prone players.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Pass

AL-only: Watch


Carlos Carrasco, SP, Cleveland Indians

The Tribe called up Carrasco today and tossed him at the Chicago White Sox in the MLB's first game on the Wednesday docket. As mentioned last week, this move was coming. He has been dominant for stretches of his minor league career but has also gone through some rough patches. He's 0-4 with a 8.87 ERA and 2.27 WHIP in give major league starts, all coming last year.

Don't overlook his potential. The right-hander was 10-6 with a 3.65 ERA and 1.21 WHIP in 150 1/3 innings with Triple-A Columbus this season. Carrasco, 23, improved as the year went on, especially in the control rate department, finishing with a 2.08 ERA, 44 K's and eight walks in 47 2/3 post-break innings. He also began exorcising his major league demons today: 7 1/3 frames, six hits (two of them homers!), three earned runs, one walk and four strikeouts.

Shallow mixed: Watch

Deep mixed: Consider

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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