Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - AL

by Tim Heaney on July 1, 2010 @ 12:50:00 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? 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

Bengie Molina, C, Texas Rangers

Oakland Athletics SS Cliff Pennington
Pennington: things are looking up

Upon approval of a Wednesday trade, the Rangers' shaky backstop picture would become stronger. Molina, on the other hand, has faded after posting a .344 April clip. He turns 36 in a few weeks, and his power looks barren; lingering elbow soreness might have contributed to that.

In single-universe leagues, though, Molina's league and ballpark switch offer a giant midseason opportunity to move ahead of the pack. He still makes top-notch contact for a backstop, and he clubs a decent amount of flies, so some Arlington-aided power could help your squad in the second half. It's safe to say Molina won't be forced to bat in the middle of Texas' order, either, so he might be more comfortable.

With the catcher position still a liability in many deep formats, you have to at least jump on the potential he could improve with a few extra bucks on a FAAB bid.

Shallow mixed: Watch

Deep mixed: Acquire

AL-only: Acquire

Corner infielders

Josh Bell, 3B, Baltimore Orioles

The O's placed Luke Scott (hamstring) on the DL and called up one of their top prospects. Bell was hitting .266 with 10 dingers and 44 RBIs in 74 games for Triple-A Norfolk. He recovered after a slow April, hitting .277-7-34 with 26 runs in 202 at-bats since then.

How much PT Bell will see remains to be seen, especially since Felix Pie (back) could return soon and make the corner infield and outfield picture more crowded. Bell's plate discipline was still an issue at Norfolk (75 K's, 18 walks), and he still has trouble against southpaws.

The O's probably want to try out their future, and mixed leaguers could be liberal with a trial if they have a spot to use on a lotto ticket. He has enough power potential to keep him at your fingertips in deeps.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

AL-only: Acquire

Middle infielders

Cliff Pennington, SS, Oakland Athletics

Pennington was hitting .205 after June 12 action. Since, he's up to .248 heading after Wednesday after going 20-for-44 with 11 runs and three stolen bases.

He quietly has taken 11 bases this year, and he has a decent batting eye. An increased liner percentage and a decent contact rate make him a potential second-half batting average boon. Batting ninth hasn't hurt his run total. Steal- and MI-hungry owners could at least ride his streak. 

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

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 LABR and Tout Wars, has won numerous industry leagues in both baseball and football.

During baseball and football season, he appears on Sirius XM Fantasy Sports Radio on Thursdays and Sundays, and every Wednesday on 1570 AM WNST in Baltimore.


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