Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - Falling

by Nicholas Minnix on June 29, 2009 @ 03:40:11 PDT


Also see: Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - Rising

Fantasy baseball waivers and discarded fantasy baseball players can make or break a season. You may have adjusted your fantasy baseball cheat sheets over and over during spring training. If your team remains the same after opening day, though, you will probably have trouble competing in your rotisserie baseball league.

When is it time to give up on your fantasy baseball sleepers? Which players are worth retaining?'s Diamond Market series gives you the fantasy baseball tips and advice you need to sort through the masses quickly.


Discard - Drop player (in most circumstances)

Stash - Hold player if roster space is available; consider dropping if trend continues

Hold - Do not drop player (in most circumstances)

Third basemen

Adrian Beltre, Seattle Mariners

As we mentioned Friday, Beltre (shoulder) was a candidate to go under the knife any day. Any day is here; the M's placed him on the disabled list Monday, and he'll have surgery Tuesday. He's expected to miss anywhere from four to eight weeks; he could be useful in the final month to month and a half.

Shallow mixed: Discard

Deep mixed: Stash

AL-only: Hold


Khalil Greene, St. Louis Cardinals

The Cards acquired infielder Mark DeRosa from the Cleveland Indians, which makes it pretty easy for them to place Greene (anxiety) back on the disabled list if the latter isn't right. It seems likely they'll do so soon. Greene smacked three homers last weekend in his first action since May 27. He was in a 1-for-17 slump after his last dinger, though. General manager John Mozeliak said Greene isn't coping well with his disappointments. The club is keeping in mind what's best for him, but they also have to field a team.

Shallow mixed: Discard

Deep mixed: Discard

NL-only: Stash

Starting pitchers

Andy Sonnanstine, Tampa Bay Rays

Scott Kazmir (quadriceps) was set to return from the disabled list Saturday, so the Rays had to make a tough choice. Jeff Niemann (who would've had to clear waivers) and David Price were other candidates for the demotion, but Tampa felt Sonnanstine held the shortest straw (6-7, 6.61 ERA and 1.53 WHIP in 15 starts).

Sonnanstine won 13 games and posted a 4.38 ERA and 1.29 WHIP last season. Other prognosticators considered him a fantasy diamond in the rough because of his impeccable walk rate (career 1.89 free passes per nine), but even that had slipped a bit (2.42 this season). He has always been extremely hittable. This year, opponents are batting .305 against him.

Shallow mixed: Discard

Deep mixed: Discard

AL-only: Stash

Also see: Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - Rising

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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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