Looking a month or two down the line could net your team this year's Ryan Braun or a rehabbing player who might help later on.
How do you get ahead in the free agent market in your league? Adding impact players in a deep league is usually very difficult, and bidding wars early in the season often make it tough to acquire talent. One way to get players cheaply who can impact your roster is to look weeks in advance and speculate who will be called up from the minors or return from a long-term injury. This kind of speculation varies based on your league's size and how many reserve players you can hold onto. So let's take a look at some options out there from now until the All-Star break, when the player universe takes on a new shape before the trade deadline. Some of these players are at the top of any list, and some are sleepers. Remember, Ryan Braun won the NL Rookie of the Year last season, and he wasn't called up until May 24. There's still time to catch lightning in a bottle and finding an impact player.
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Some players might be ready to help your fantasy team if their teams decide to make a change or two.
Last year we discussed players that might benefit from a change of scenery, or at least a significant change within their organization. These players are either languishing in Triple-A, or chained to the bench in the majors. We're going to revisit that topic now, with an eye towards players that could help you out should they ever get an opportunity to play, and are either available right now or can be acquired cheaply. We're going to avoid discussing the elite prospects that haven't made their debuts, players like Jay Bruce (though if Corey Patterson keeps putting up a sub-.300 OBP in the leadoff spot for the Reds through July, Reds fans will be howling much earlier than that) or Colby Rasmus. In most leagues, they're unavailable anyhow.
Jonah Keri breaks down the last 10 years of Mets history. Lots of ill-fated trades, questionable moves and blame to go around, but one man stands above the rest. Read on to find out who.
In jettsoning a big chunk of their future for the dishwater-dull duo of Victor Zambrano and Kris Benson, the Mets had found a way to prove yet again that they had no semblance of a plan. They're contending for the future. No, for this year. No, for somewhere in between.
John Patterson and Juan Cruz: good riddance, or highway robbery? The Astros drop another roadblock in Morgan Ensburg's way. Itinerant pitcher Bruce Chen's destiny likely includes fitting for a few more major league uniforms. All this and more in Friday's Transaction Analysis.
A lost season for the Angels has folks in Anaheim scratching their heads. John Smoltz's injury buries Bobby Thigpen's name for another year. The Royals' run evokes memories of George Brett and company. Sandy Alomar...you can probably guess what Chris will write about Sandy Alomar. Witticisms, Kahrlisms and roster schmisms in this edition of Transaction Analysis.
Losing David Justice isn't good news, considering I'm not a big Scott Hatteberg guy, but I am a believer when it comes to Eric Byrnes, so I guess I'm happy. Outfield defense is always going to be an issue for a unit that has Terrence Long in center field and either Justice or Jeremy Giambi in a corner. While I'm not arguing for Byrnes to play every day, he does give the A's a hitter who puts hard-hit balls into play, who can cover an outfield corner well, and basically give the bottom of the lineup someone who can help score some of the other more walk-inclined hitters batting higher up.
We've tabulated this year's HACKING MASS results, and we've got ourselves a winner. Keith Lindahl led his imaginatively named squad to a fantastic 371.76 ESPN to easily capture the 2001 HACKING MASS title. Keith's winning team is a smorgasboard of stiffness: