Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - AL

by Tim Heaney on May 24, 2010 @ 14:45:00 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? 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)

 

Outfielders

Jack Cust, Oakland Athletics

Eric Chavez (neck) hit the DL again. With Chavez's future looking bleak, the scorching Cust has probably cemented his lineup spot. There's ample power to be had here.

Shallow mixed: Watch

Deep mixed: Acquire

AL-only: Acquire

Designated hitters

Travis Hafner, Cleveland Indians

Pronk's last 16 games: .386-2-9 in 57 at-bats, with 10 walks and nine K's, during an 11-game hit streak. He's becoming more selective while remaining in the middle of the order.

He isn't hitting many flyballs, but it won't hurt to ride his hot bat until he makes steps to show more power. Even with his negative scouting reports on his bat speed in recent years, he at least has a track record in leaving the yard.

Shallow mixed: Watch

Deep mixed: Acquire

AL-only: Acquire

Pitchers

Cla Meredith, RP, Baltimore Orioles

Cleveland Indians DH Travis Hafner
Hafner is hot - power to follow?

Closer Alfredo Simon (hamstring) is day-to-day with a strained left hamstring and claims he won't be out long. Still, Simon has a history of leg issues, and you have to be prepared for potential saves if you're desperate.

The O's could call up either Chris Tillman or Jake Arrieta and throw a dynamic prospect into the fire. Southpaw Will Ohman has been B-more's most consistent reliever this year, but could be used strictly against lefty-heavy slates.

Koji Uehara (elbow, forearm) might be hitting the DL soon, meaning the door could open for the 26-year-old Meredith. He throws right-handed, boasts 39 career farm saves, induces ample grounders and has manager Dave Trembley's confidence for late-game work.

Either way, you shouldn't expect much here unless Simon misses extended time; the saves picture could easily become a group effort in that case.

Shallow mixed: Watch

Deep mixed: Watch

AL-only: Acquire

David Purcey, RP, Toronto Blue Jays

The Blue Jays, who carry a flock of rotation options, summoned the talented lefty to pitch in relief. Purcey, 28, showed flashes of solid K/9 in '09 and could be worth a ratio-easing rental if he proves useful in relief or receives a chance to start. He might not be up for long, though, so don't commit.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Pass

AL-only: Watch

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.

He appears frequently, including every Sunday, on Sirius XM Fantasy Sports Radio, as well as every Wednesday on 1570 AM WNST in Baltimore.


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