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The Singles Only sign is out and it’s time for the Dynasty League guys to get back to their grainy videos of Dominican tweens while we discuss major league baseball players.
Indians catcher Lou Marson is headed to the DL with a neck strain. Yan Gomes has been recalled and could be worth an add in AL-only leagues or super deep mixed leagues. Gomes has posted a +.200 ISO in each of the past two seasons in the minors and could provide some short term thump from a position that is lacking power.
To the surprise of no one that has read a single word written by an Editor at FP911 with the initials â€œM.D.,â€ Angels starter Jered Weaver has hit the DL. The Angels need a fifth starter. They have a choice to either stretch out Garrett Richards, turn to Quad-A guys like Barry Enright or look outside the organization. The smart money is on Richards getting a look before Enright or an April trade. Richards is a lot like the AL-version of Nathan Eovaldi. Both appear to have big-league level stuff, but neither have Â translated their tools to the high K-rates or success that fantasy GMs expect. Richards is worth a speculative add in AL-only or deep leagues, but heâ€™s not mixed league ownable yet.
Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman hit the DL and heâ€™s not pleased. Catcher Evan Gattis is expected to benefit with extra P.T. while Freeman mends. Gattis wonâ€™t be spending any time at first base, but he is expected to get more time in the lineup to make up for the loss of Freemanâ€™s bat. Gattis will strike out a ton, but heâ€™ll also pop a couple homers with a gross batting average. His minor league K % was always in the low teens, but heâ€™s shown improvement in his plate discipline by improving his BB % at almost every level. He could actually be a competent option in a two catcher league or NL-only.
The first baseman job in Atlanta will be handled by Chris Johnson and Blake Dewitt. Johnson is a borderline utility option in NL-only or super deep leagues while Blake Dewitt is not ownable in any format.
Mariners rookie Brandon Maurer is a solid bet to find a bus ticket to Tacoma in his locker in the next few days. Maurer has given up six runs in each of his first two starts, but failed to make it out of the first inning in his Tuesday start against Houston. Erasmo Ramirez is most likely to get the first crack at the open slot in the Mariners rotation. Ramirez was a popular pre-season sleeper and it was a surprise to most that he didnâ€™t make the team. He’s worth an add in AL-only leagues or deep (15-team or more) leagues.
Can we finally put the â€œodd-year-bad/even-year-goodâ€ thing with Alex Rios to bed? Rios has started the season by contributing in all five traditional offensive categories. He has a four-game homer streak with three steals, a .407 average, six runs and seven RBIs. Letâ€™s never mention this odd/even year thing again, please.
Deposed Brewers closer John Axford absolutely should not be in your lineup at this point. Jim Henderson has the closer job in the short term, but itâ€™s clear that Brewers manager Ron Roenicke prefers having Axford in the ninth inning and heâ€™ll get another shot once he gets himself straightened out. Axford is worth a stash if you can spare a bench spot.
Speaking of troubled bullpens, the Detroit Tigers still have no idea what to do in the ninth inning. Phil Coke clearly isnâ€™t the answer. Octavio Dotel isnâ€™t the answer. The two guys left standing are Joaquin Benoit and Al Alburquerque with Jose Valverde working his way into a shape other than â€œroundâ€ somewhere in the minors. Benoit is still the guy to own, but Alburquerque and Valverde are absolutely worth a stash for those that have room.