Fantasy Baseball season is moving fast and furious now. Players are switching leagues. The trading deadline is approaching and the divisional playoff races are tight. Injuries continue, with Alex Rodriguez of the Yankees will be out six to 8 weeks. The waiver wire is still key and a huge part of the game. In another month more rookies will be called up. Perservere, don’t give up. If you have strength at one position and are weak at another position now is the time to offer a trade. The deadline is in early August so there is no time like the present. Do soemthing to spark your team and get you into the playoffs and a chance to win your league.
This week I share part of the article from Rotoworld called Cuckoo For Coco
We’re still five days away from the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, but there’s already been plenty of interesting developments. The Mariners stunned the baseball world on Monday by dealing Ichiro Suzuki to the Yankees. The underachieving Marlins became sellers, dealing Hanley Ramirez to the Dodgers and Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante to the Tigers. And the pesky Pirates plucked Wandy Rodriguez away from the Astros.
Cole Hamels is off the market after agreeing to a six-year, $144 million extension with the Phillies, but all sorts of intriguing names continue to float in trade rumors, including Zack Greinke, Josh Johnson, Ryan Dempster, Matt Garza, James Shields, Francisco Liriano, Shane Victorino, Hunter Pence, Denard Span, Jonathan Broxton and Chase Headley, just to name a few.
Mike Minor SP, Braves
Hyped as a sleeper on draft day, Minor has disappointed fantasy owners this season by posting an ugly 5.49 ERA across 18 starts while serving up 21 homers in 105 innings. Only six pitchers have allowed more home runs. The good news is that the 25-year-old southpaw has quietly righted the ship this month by registering a 2.33 ERA and 17/4 K/BB ratio across three starts. He actually has a 3.64 ERA dating back to the start of June. Minor’s fly ball rate (45.4 percent) indicates that the home run ball may continue to be a thorn in his side, but he’s pitching well enough to keep a rotation spot, even if the Braves snag another starter before the July 31 trade deadline.
Coco Crisp OF, Athletics
When I last mentioned Crisp in Waiver Wired back on May 24, he had just returned from an inner ear infection and was hitting an underwhelming .175 on the year. The 32-year-old outfielder has turned things around quite nicely since then, including a .350 batting average to go along with four home runs, 11 RBI, 12 stolen bases and 20 runs scored over his last 31 games. Sure, the two-homer night in Wednesday’s blowout win over the Blue Jays was nice to see, but fantasy owners aren’t buying him for his power. Crisp is currently tied for 13th in the majors with 20 stolen bases, despite appearing in just 68 of the A’s 97 games this season.
Wilton Lopez RP, Astros
The Astros acquired Francisco Cordero (Yahoo: 32 percent owned, ESPN: 31.5 percent) from the Blue Jays late last week and moved him into the closer role after Brett Myers was dealt to the White Sox. While the 37-year-old right-hander has 329 saves to his name, it’s increasingly clear that he just can’t get major league hitters out. Cordero has blown each of his first two save opportunities with Houston while allowing six runs on five hits and three walks over just 1 1/3 innings. He now owns a 6.87 ERA through 44 appearances this season. Meanwhile, the 29-year-old Lopez has a quality 2.61 ERA and 30/5 K/BB ratio across 38 innings of work. A change appears inevitable, so even if the Astros don’t figure to win many games the rest of the way, now is the time to stash in all formats
Peter Bourjos OF, Angels
Here’s a stash with the upcoming trade deadline in mind. The Angels are reportedly seeking another starting pitcher or perhaps another impact late-inning arm, so naturally Bourjos is coming up as a potential trade chip. The 25-year-old has only been playing a couple days a week in the crowded Angels’ outfield and could see his playing time diminish even further when Vernon Wells returns from thumb surgery, but he would be right back on the radar in mixed leagues if he is dealt elsewhere. Remember, Bourjos was a popular sleeper on draft day after hitting .271 with 12 homers and 22 stolen bases last season.
Neftali Feliz SP/RP, Rangers
Feliz had a 3.16 ERA and 37 strikeouts in 42 2/3 innings prior to being placed on the disabled list in mid-May with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow. The Rangers have naturally handled him with care over the past two months, but he recently began a minor league rehab assignment and struck out three over three scoreless innings in his most recent outing on Tuesday. He’s expected to make two more rehab appearances before being activated from the disabled list. Colby Lewis needs elbow surgery and is done for the season and Roy Oswalt’s back is acting up again, so there’s a chance for Feliz to have some value as a starter down the stretch. Of course, the Rangers could opt to have him pitch in relief if they acquire another starter before the deadline, but he’s worth stashing in a DL spot while we wait.
Vinnie Pestano RP, Indians
There was a juicy little rumor earlier this week that the Giants have interest in Chris Perez. The thought is that the Indians could listen to offers because they are deep in relievers and Perez’s salary figures to jump to about $7 million next season in his second year of arbitration. It would probably take a whopper of an offer to pry Perez away, as he has silenced his critics by posting a 2.89 ERA and a dominant 42/7 K/BB ratio over 37 1/3 innings this season, but Pestano would be the most logical replacement in the closer role. The 27-year-old right-hander has a microscopic 1.50 ERA and 52/16 K/BB ratio over 42 innings this season and has averaged 11.9 K/9 over his first 116 appearances in the big leagues. Regardless of whether a trade happens before next Tuesday, there are worse pitchers to stash on your roster for a few days.
A.J. Griffin SP, Athletics
Griffin continues to surprise. The 23-year-old right-hander struck out nine over six shutout innings in Wednesday’s blowout win over the Blue Jays and now holds a 2.25 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 29/8 K/BB ratio over his first 36 innings in the big leagues. He has allowed three runs or less in all six of his starts. And we aren’t talking about pushovers here, as he has made starts against the Rangers, Red Sox and Yankees. Griffin has only averaged 89.8 mph on his fastball, but he limits walks and keeps hitters off balance by mixing his pitches, including a super-slow curveball. He’s worth a look with a start against the Rays at home next week.
Starling Marte OF, Pirates
The Pirates dabbled in trade talks for Diamondbacks’ outfielder Justin Upton, but they’re now hoping one of their top prospects will provide a boost for their outfield. Marte is set to make his major league debut Thursday after hitting .304/.362/.463 with an .826 OPS through 1,985 plate appearances in the minors. Checking in at 6-foot-2 and 180 pounds, the 23-year-old outfielder was hitting .286/.348/.500 with 12 homers, 20 doubles, 13 triples, 21 stolen bases and an .848 OPS in 98 games with Triple-A Indianapolis this year. Now that’s filling up a box score. Marte’s plate discipline is still a work in progress, as evidenced by his 393/101 K/BB ratio, but he has enough speed and pop to warrant a look in deeper mixed leagues as a fourth or fifth outfielder.
Chris Iannetta C, Angels
Iannetta is finally close to rejoining the Angels’ lineup. The 29-year-old backstop underwent wrist surgery in early May and had a rehab stint pushed back after experiencing soreness in his forearm last month, but he’s currently playing rehab games with Triple-A Salt Lake and could be activated before the end of the month. Iannetta was only hitting .197 (13-for-66) prior to the wrist injury and holds a .233 career batting average, so keep expectations in check, but his pop makes him a perfectly reasonable option in two-catcher formats.
Domonic Brown OF, Phillies
No, I’m not giving up on this guy yet. Hunter Pence and Shane Victorino are being mentioned regularly in trade rumors, so Brown could soon find his way back to the big leagues. The 24-year-old former top prospect was on fire prior to being diagnosed with MCL and PCL strains in his right knee last month and has picked up where he left off since returning earlier this month. The Phillies would need to play out of their minds to make a run at one of the Wild Cards, so if they are selling off some pieces, it’s about time they see what they have here.
Ben Francisco OF, Astros
From AL-only recommendation to NL-only in the space of a week? Hey, weird things can happen around the trade deadline. Francisco was swapped from the Blue Jays to the Astros last week as part of a 10-player trade. While the 30-year-old is already an obvious non-tender candidate this offseason, he should at least get semi-regular playing time for the rest of the summer. Francisco had 10 homers and 13 RBI in 2009 and 12 homers and 12 stolen bases in 2010, so he’s worth a look if you’re desperate for an outfielder.
Ryan Roberts 2B/3B, Rays
Ignore those ownership numbers, as they are mostly meaningless when it comes to players switching leagues midseason. Roberts was acquired from the Diamondbacks this week and promptly homered in his first game with his new club on Wednesday. The “Tatman” has been a disappointment this season, but he’s multi-position eligible and offers power and speed. Evan Longoria is expected to be eased back into action as the designated hitter when he comes off the disabled list, so Roberts should continue to get plenty of playing time in the short-term.
Jeremy Guthrie SP, Royals
The Royals and Rockies completed a swap of disappointments late last week, as erratic left-hander Jonathan Sanchez was sent to Colorado in exchange for Guthrie. The 33-year-old right-hander was ill-suited for the thin air in Colorado, posting an obscene 9.45 ERA while allowing 15 homers over just 46 2/3 innings, but he did have a much more palatable 3.67 ERA in eight starts and two relief appearances away from Coors Field. Guthrie managed a 4.12 ERA while pitching with the Orioles from 2007-2011 and while that’s not outstanding, he would obviously have value in AL-only leagues if he gets back to that level in his new digs.
Jayson Nix 3B/SS/OF, Yankees
The Yankees were dealt a tough blow this week, as Alex Rodriguez suffered a non-displaced fracture in his left hand when he was hit by a pitch. He’s expected to be sidelined for six-to-eight weeks, which means we can rule him out until September. Eric Chavez is the top option to fill in, but given his injury history, it’s unlikely he’ll play everyday. Nor should he be trusted to do so. Granted, Nix owns a lousy .210/.281/.372 batting line in the big leagues, but he has enough pop to be interesting.
Other Waiver Wiire Candidates
Todd Frazier, 3B CIN
Salvado Perez C Kansas City
Ben Revere Minnesota OF
Joe Blanton PHI
Marco Estrada MIL
Zach McAllister CLE
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