Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - AL

by Tim Heaney on June 29, 2010 @ 11:45:00 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?'s Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market gives you fantasy baseball tips and insight to sort through the masses quickly.


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


Middle infielders

Ryan Raburn, IF/OF, Detroit Tigers

Detroit Tigers IF/OF Ryan Raburn
Raburn finding his way into lineup

Raburn isn't in the lineup every day, but manager Jim Leyland isn't ignoring the utility bat. Carlos Guillen still needs a day off from the keystone here and there.

Raburn recently started hitting with a closed stance and is 9-for-23 with two dingers and eight RBIs since the change. His right-handed stick might still limit his time unless he keeps up his hotness, but with his fly-ball rate increasing he might start flashing a hint of last year's homer binge. Raburn's .273 BABIP sits well below his career .319, too, so there's room for improvement.

He's probably eligible at both second base and outfield in most leagues, so a prolonged hot streak could earn him consideration at a middle infield spot. 

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

AL-only: Watch


Omar Beltre, SP, Texas Rangers

Beltre will be called up to start Wednesday's outing against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The righty rejoined the organization in February after a five-year ban from entering the United States.

Beltre has registered a 1.25 ERA in five starts, with a favorable ground-ball profile, for Triple-A Oklahoma City. Control is an issue, but he has also fanned 44 in 37 2/3 innings. Beltre's fastball sits in the low to mid-90s and is complemented by a slider and splitter-changeup.

The Rangers have at least a temporary rotation spot open, and he could grab it with a decent performance. He hasn't pitched in the States since 2004, though, so there's obviously some caution here. Look, but no need to touch yet.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Pass

AL-only: Watch

Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - NL

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