Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - NL

by Tim Heaney on May 25, 2010 @ 12:45:00 PDT


Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - AL

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 give 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)



Chris Iannetta, Colorado Rockies

Colorado Rockies C Chris Iannetta
Iannetta headed back to the bigs

Iannetta was recalled after a productive minor league stint. Colorado says Miguel Olivo will retain the starting role, but there's ample reason to believe Iannetta could take over the majority of time behind the dish. Be proactive, especially in leagues that employ two-catcher lineups

Shallow mixed: Watch

Deep mixed: Acquire

NL-only: Acquire

Corner infielders

Neil Walker, 3B, Pittsburgh Pirates

The first sign of an extensive youth invasion? The 24-year-old was called up Tuesday. After being bumped from the hot corner by top prospect Pedro Alvarez, Walker had been playing first base, second base and left field at Triple-A Indianapolis. Oh, and he was clubbing .321-6-26 with 10 steals in 168 at-bats there this year.

He might not play much and might only be up for the duration of Pearce's injury, which doesn't appear to be serious. Pearce and Jeff Clement haven't wowed Pittsburgh, though. Third baseman Andy LaRoche (back) is battling back stiffness. Walker's double-digit potential in homers and swipes could blossom with PT with a chance to gain multipositional eligibility in an extended MLB stay.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

NL-only: Watch

Jeff Clement, 1B, Pittsburgh Pirates

The lefty slugger will see frequent PT with Steve Pearce (ankle) on the DL. Clement's .184-4-7 line - one dinger and two RBIs since April 27 - doesn't speak for a firm commitment. It's power or nothing, and it has been a whole bunch of the latter.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Pass

NL-only: Watch


Drew Stubbs, Cincinnati Reds

Leadoff hitter? Not really. Seventh? Stubbs is hitting .333 in 13 starts there and is making slight progress with a .247 clip in May. He's keeping up some base path aggressiveness, too, with four swipes this month.

They let Stubbs work through his early-season struggles, so they'll hang tight, especially if he continues this run. If you crave swipes from a deep outfield, give him a try.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

NL-only: Acquire

Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - AL

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