Fantasy baseball players in contract years - AL

by KFFL Staff on January 26, 2011 @ 03:41:39 PDT

 


Historically, according to Baseball HQ, approximately half of the position players in contract years have performed above their normal production, relative to the rest of their careers. For pitchers, that fraction falls drastically; roughly three in 20 post considerably better lines than normal in contract years. Keep that in mind when you consider the value of these American League fantasy baseball players on draft day.

Catchers

Player Team
Option
Jason Varitek Boston Red Sox
--
Ramon Castro Chicago White Sox
--
Jason Kendall Kansas City Royals
--
Jorge Posada New York Yankees
--
Josh Bard Seattle Mariners
--
Kelly Shoppach Tampa Bay Rays
club
Matt Treanor Texas Rangers
--
Jose Molina Toronto Blue Jays
--

First basemen

Player Team
Option
Derrek Lee Baltimore Orioles
--
Adrian Gonzalez Boston Red Sox
--
Michael Cuddyer Minnesota Twins
--

Second basemen

Player Team
Option
Robinson Cano New York Yankees
club
Mark Ellis Oakland Athletics
--
Adam Kennedy Seattle Mariners
--
Aaron Hill Toronto Blue Jays
club

Third basemen

Player Team
Option
Omar Vizquel Chicago White Sox
--
Wilson Betemit Kansas City Royals
--

Shortstops

Player Team
Option
J.J. Hardy Baltimore Orioles
--
Cesar Izturis Baltimore Orioles
--
Marco Scutaro Boston Red Sox
club/player
Adam Everett Cleveland Indians
--
Ramon Santiago Detroit Tigers
--
Carlos Guillen Detroit Tigers
--
Jack Wilson Seattle Mariners
--
John McDonald Toronto Blue Jays
--

Outfielders

Player Team
Option
Mike Cameron Boston Red Sox
--
J.D. Drew Boston Red Sox
--
Juan Pierre Chicago White Sox
--
Austin Kearns Cleveland Indians
--
Grady Sizemore Cleveland Indians
club
Magglio Ordonez Detroit Tigers
--
Jeff Francoeur Kansas City Royals
mutual
Bobby Abreu Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
club/vesting
Jason Kubel Minnesota Twins
--
Andruw Jones New York Yankees
--
Nick Swisher New York Yankees
club
Conor Jackson Oakland Athletics
--
Josh Willingham Oakland Athletics
--
Coco Crisp Oakland Athletics
--
David DeJesus Oakland Athletics
--
Jody Gerut Seattle Mariners
--
Milton Bradley Seattle Mariners
--
Manny Ramirez Tampa Bay Rays
--
Jose Bautista Toronto Blue Jays
--
Corey Patterson Toronto Blue Jays
--
Juan Rivera Toronto Blue Jays
--

Designated hitters

Player Team
Option
David Ortiz Boston Red Sox
--
Jim Thome Minnesota Twins
--
Hideki Matsui Oakland Athletics
--
Jack Cust Seattle Mariners
--
Johnny Damon Tampa Bay Rays
--
Edwin Encarnacion Toronto Blue Jays
club

Starting pitchers

Player Team
Option
Tim Wakefield Boston Red Sox
--
Mark Buehrle Chicago White Sox
--
Edwin Jackson Chicago White Sox
--
Brad Penny Detroit Tigers
--
Bruce Chen Kansas City Royals
--
Kyle Davies Kansas City Royals
--
Jeff Francis Kansas City Royals
--
Scott Kazmir Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
club
Joel Pineiro Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
--
Mark Prior New York Yankees
--
Rich Harden Oakland Athletics
--
Nate Robertson Seattle Mariners
--
Brandon Webb Texas Rangers
--
C.J. Wilson Texas Rangers
--

Relief pitchers

Player Team
Option
Mike Gonzalez Baltimore Orioles
--
Koji Uehara Baltimore Orioles
vesting
Jonathan Papelbon Boston Red Sox
--
Dan Wheeler Boston Red Sox
club/vesting
Hideki Okajima Boston Red Sox
--
Matt Thornton Chicago White Sox
--
Jose Valverde Detroit Tigers
club
Joel Zumaya Detroit Tigers
--
Fernando Rodney Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
--
Matt Capps Minnesota Twins
--
Joe Nathan Minnesota Twins
club
Sergio Mitre New York Yankees
--
Damaso Marte New York Yankees
club
Michael Wuertz Oakland Athletics
club
Chris Ray Seattle Mariners
--
Kyle Farnsworth Tampa Bay Rays
option?
Joel Peralta Tampa Bay Rays
--
Arthur Rhodes Texas Rangers
vesting
Darren Oliver Texas Rangers
--
Octavio Dotel Toronto Blue Jays
club
Jon Rauch Toronto Blue Jays
club
Shawn Camp Toronto Blue Jays
--
Jason Frasor Toronto Blue Jays
--
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