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September 16, 2013

Fantasy Freestyle

The Other Guys, Part Two

by Mike Gianella


Last week, I took a look at some of baseball’s “other guys.” These are players who can fit a lot of descriptions, but often are afterthoughts at this time of year. In keeper leagues with reserve lists, many of these players have to be activated or cut before the season is over, so it is definitely worth taking a look at this less scrutinized pool of players. More than a few might have value, even if they aren’t as high profile as Bogaerts.

These recommendations are primarily geared toward AL-only and NL-only fantasy players. Last week I looked at the American League. Today, I tackle the National League.

Scott Baker
With only two starts under his belt, it is going to be difficult if not impossible to gauge Baker’s value going into next season. The Cubs gambled and lost on a one-year contract last winter, and there’s a good chance that Baker has to sign another make-good deal again this winter. At the moment, he is a deep-league play only. Do not speculate in mixed leagues.

Mike Baxter
If Baxter was ever going to break out of his Quad-A mold, it was going to be this year, when the Mets decided that Outfielder Potpourri was a sustainable strategy. But Baxter’s power didn’t show up this year, and there’s a good chance that he never sees the majors again, even if the Mets don’t make a big splash in the free-agent market.

Willie Bloomquist
Bloomquist is somehow hitting around .350 this year, mostly due to a really strong BABIP. His claim to fame used to be stealing bases, though, and without this he’s not worth it even in NL-only.

Brad Boxberger
Huston Street’s Padres contract runs out in 2014, so if the Padres aren’t in contention, maybe next year is finally the year Street gets dealt. If that happens, Boxberger is a possible candidate to replace him. Boxberger generates a lot of swings and misses but still needs to work on his control. He’s a dark-horse guy for 2014 saves; we need to see what happens this offseason as far as trades are concerned.

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