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Fantasy Baseball: Buy And Sell 

Once again this week, I’m taking a look at some players whose fantasy value is rising and falling.  Yes, it’s time for “Buy And Sell”.


David Freese, 3B, St. Louis Cardinals
Freese recently had  a nine-game hitting streak, and is now hitting .348 with three home runs and 19 RBI this season.  Being part of a good Cardinals’ lineup will certainly help the young third baseman remain productive.

Manny Corpas, RP, Colorado Rockies
Rockies’ manager Jim Tracy has hinted Corpas will continue to get save opportunities, as opposed to Franklin Morales. Normal closer Huston Street (shoulder) is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment fairly soon, so Corpas may only be a short-term source for saves.  But he has been effective so far this season (1.66 ERA over 21.2 innings) and is worth considering if you need a reliever.

Brett Gardner, OF, New York Yankees
Gardner currently has an eight-game hitting streak, and is now hitting .348 with 13 stolen bases this season.  His stolen base potential alone makes him an intriguing fantasy option, and as long as he is productive at the plate he should continue to get regular playing time.

Mike Aviles, SS, Kansas City Royals
Aviles was recalled from Triple-A Omaha last weekend, and hit a home run in his first start of the season earlier in the week.  He has gone 6-for-14 in three games this week, and seems likely to take playing time away from Yuniesky Betancourt at SS if he can be productive offensively.  Aviles is worth consideration in AL-only leagues right now, and could become viable in mixed leagues at some point.


Chris Perez, RP, Cleveland Indians
With Kerry Wood (back) getting close to returning, Perez is danger of losing his job as the Indians’ closer soon.  He is 4-for-6 with a 2.89 ERA this season, but losing save opportunities all but eliminates any fantasy value he has right now.   There is some potential he could step back into the closer role if Wood gets hurt again. 

Ty Wigginton, IF, Baltimore Orioles
Yes I know Wigginton has 10 home runs this season in 87 at-bats after hitting just 11 in all of 2009.  That’s precisely why you should sell high on him right now if you own him.  He has seen a lot of playing time with some injuries in the Orioles’ infield, most notably 2B Brian Roberts, so a decline in playing time could be coming once Roberts returns. 

Ben Sheets, SP, Oakland A’s
Sheets is 1-3 with a 7.12 ERA  through six starts this season, and has walked and struck out 16 in his 30.1 innings.  He has cited problems with his location, and his next scheduled start this weekend against Tampa Bay isn’t likely to help him correct his problems.

Austin Jackson, OF, Detroit Tigers
Jackson has had a stellar start to his rookie season, as he is hitting .369 this season and won American League Rookie of the Month for April.  But he has struck out 35 times and taken only 11 walks in 122 at-bats, so that batting average seems likely to come down unless he shows better plate discipline.   He is still likely to be a nice fantasy option as the season goes on, but he makes for another sell high candidate if you can have good outfield depth and want to trade him.


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