Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - AL

by Tim Heaney on May 4, 2010 @ 03:13:41 PDT

 


Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - NL

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? KFFL.com's Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market gives you fantasy baseball tips and insight to sort through the masses quickly.

Key

Acquire Add player (in most circumstances)
Watch Track player, add if trend continues
Pass Do not add player (in most circumstances)

 

Catchers

Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C, Texas Rangers

Salty, who's feeling healthy, is killing the taste buds of opposing pitchers at Triple-A Oklahoma City by going 16-for-40 during a 10-game hitting streak. Saltalamacchia, 25, hasn't been able to stay healthy enough to realize his potential.

Texas probably won't hesitate to throw him back into the lineup upon his return. He'll still have some bumps, especially with his shaky batting eye, but those in two-catcher leagues shouldn't hesitate to try his 15-homer potential again.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

AL-only: Acquire

Francisco Cervelli, C, New York Yankees

Texas Rangers C Jarrod Saltalamacchia
Don't be afraid of a little Salt

Jorge Posada (calf) is day-to-day with a mild right calf strain. The 38-year-old also dinged his knee last week. The Yanks would probably stick with Cervelli as their starting catcher for as long as Posada is sidelined.

Cervelli has yet to show MLB power but makes frequent contact (90.2 percent) and has improved his plate discipline. Playing in this offense, he could be a useful trial in two-catcher leagues.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

AL-only: Acquire 

Pitchers

Joba Chamberlain, RP, New York Yankees

Joba picked up the save Monday. Mariano Rivera (side) had been unavailable since Saturday while experiencing stiffness in his left side. Rivera is day-to-day, but the 40-year-old said he would've pitched Monday if it wasn't May.

Still, Joba's likelihood of inheriting saves with Rivera sidelined gives him more pickup incentive in deeps, where he has already been useful.

Shallow mixed: Watch

Deep mixed: Acquire

AL-only: Acquire

Gio Gonzalez, SP, Oakland Athletics

The talented lefty's fastball velocity is in its second year of climbing; he can K a batter per inning and is improving his groundball prowess. Control remains Gonzalez's biggest issue, but that has also improved.

His home run suppression should be nurtured in his home park. It looks like his tastes of the bigs have helped the 24-year-old mature. His Friday start, which comes against the Tampa Bay Rays, isn't a good time to employ him, but tuck him away.

Shallow mixed: Watch

Deep mixed: Acquire

AL-only: Acquire

Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - NL

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About Tim Heaney

Tim's work has been featured by USA Today/Sports Weekly, among numerous outlets, and recognized as a finalist in the Fantasy Sports Writers Association awards. The Boston University alum, who competes in the prestigious LABR and Tout Wars, has won numerous industry leagues in both baseball and football.

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