Buy & Sell: Batters – Trade Deadline Edition
Shane Victorino, OF (LAD) – Victorino was also struggling in 2012, but what people forget is that the Phillies were without Howard and Utley for 3 months of the season. I’m not saying that is the sole reason for his poor play this season, but I do think it had an effect. Over the last month, Victorino has been productive hitting for a .306 average, getting on base at a clip of .351, and has slugged .486. Not too shabby. Also, like Hanley, Victorino has put up very good numbers in L.A. (I know, small sample size). In 22 career games at Dodgers Stadium, Victorino has batted .357/.416/.629 with 4 doubles, 3 triples, 3
homeruns and 6 RBI. He should really benefit batting in front of Ethier, Kemp, and Hanley.
Hunter Pence, OF (SF) – Pence is another player who has had a very underwhelming 2012 season, but he is a player that I would take a flyer on if the trade is right and you don’t have to give up too much. Pence thrived last year being thrust into a pennant race in Philly hitting 11 homeruns and driving in 34 between August and September. Maybe he can do the same once in San Fran over the last 2 months of the season. Also, just like Victorino and Hanley, he has played well in his new ballpark over the course of his career. In 20 career games (I know, I know), he has hit .329/.366/.566 with 3 doubles, 5 homeruns, and 10 RBI. Pence could be a player you catch lightening in a bottle with.
Omar Infante, 2B (Det) – Infante is reunited in Detroit, a city he called home from 2002 – 2007. It’s been a rough start in Tiger town though. Through 7 games, Infante has struggled, collecting 4 hits in just 24 at bats, hitting .167 with a .200 OBP and .250 SLG. That’s not the sole reason I’m telling you to sell Infante. It’s because Infante has been useless for any fantasy team over the last 2 months. In June his numbers were .242/.255/.343 and in July his numbers are .247/.280/.337 with a total of 2 homeruns and 13 RBI and only 16 runs scored. If Infante is on your team, it’s time to drop him.
Travis Snider, OF (Pit) – Snider got the call back up to the big leagues on July 20th due to injuries, and I’ll admit, he had a nice little run batting .250/.300/.556 with 3 HR and 8 RBI. Snider was traded last night to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Brad Lincoln. The Pirates are hoping that the change of scenery will do him good and provide some extra power to their lineup. I’m not buying. Snider has a lot of power, and he will display that power, but he struggles to hit for average, get on base, or even have a high slugging percentage to offset those other 2 categories. If he’s on your team, try to sell him to another owner using the bait that he’s off to a nice start and has now moved to the JV league.
Gaby Sanchez, 1B (Pit) – Sanchez was awful to start the year where the Marlins sent him down to AAA. He did hit well in the minors batting .302/.431/.491 with 5 homeruns and 18 RBI, but I’m just not wasting a roster spot for him until he shows he can be productive again. I won’t rule that out, but let him prove himself before you grab him.