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Buy & Sell Batters – Week 1 

Freddie Freeman:  .280/.345/.560, 3 doubles, 6 HR, 14 RBI – Freeman is being drafted in every league, but he’s being undervalued in most drafts. He has been driving the ball in spring training, showing that he has developed some extra power. His spring training average is .280, right around where I expect him to be when he finishes the season. Freeman is a player you should make sure to draft, or if you already had your draft, look to buy low on him if you can work out a trade with his current owner.

 

Adam Dunn:  .255/.415/.569, 1 double, 5 HR, 14 RBI, 14 BB, 10Ks – Dunn is obviously fighting for his life here. He left owners for dead in 2011 and is now hoping people will fall back in love with him. We know his average is going to stink – badly – but so far, early on, it looks like his power is back. He will continue to strike out, but that power is back and he is taking pitches again this spring as it shows in his 14 free passes. I can’t stress enough that you need to get Dunn. He will be relevant again in 2012.

 

Sell:

Danny Espinosa:  .239/.299/.310 2 doubles, 1 HR, 1 RBI – Pitchers figured out Espinosa in the 2nd half of 2011 and it looks like Espinosa has not made any adjustments in the off season or this spring. He is struggling at the plate with only 3 extra base hits and 1 RBI. I would still draft Espinosa, but I wouldn’t pen him in as my starting second baseman this year. Try to trade him to a team looking for a second baseman and hopefully you can get something of value in return that can help your team.

 

Brandon Inge:  .180/.226/.300 3 doubles, 1 HR, 2 RBI – For some reason owners are still hanging on Inge’s 2009 season and because of that, I see that he’s still getting drafted at the tail end of some drafts. He has shown this spring that he still can’t hit which is unfortunate that the Tigers still let him play. Do what the Tigers should be doing, cut him and if you haven’t drafted yet, DO NOT waste a draft pick on Inge.

 

Mark Reynolds:  .170/.316/.277 1 HR, 2 doubles, 5 RBI – Reynolds was productive at times in 2011, but for the most part he frustrated owners. Yes, he will hit homeruns but doesn’t do much else. And even this spring, he isn’t hitting for power as shown with his 1 homerun and 2 doubles. I still believe he will smack 30 or so homeruns, but let him be someone else’s headache.

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