The comments were shut off on the Position Eligibility for 2010 Fantasy Baseball post because that post was just listing players and their eligibility for 2010 fantasy baseball. Now, in this here post, we get down to business. Or bidness, if you mispronounce business. That business is pointing out players that gain some advantage by having more eligibility than they know what to do with. Are you going to finish the rest of that 3rd base eligibility? Multiple position eligibility is a funny thing. Just when you think someone has no value, they unbutton the top button on their shirt and a heaving bosom of multiple position eligibility comes pouring out. It’s the “butterface” of fantasy players. Thanks for dinner, Ian Stewart, but I have a headache… *reveals 2nd base eligibility* Well, you don’t have to go home just yet. If I left someone off of this post from the position eligibility for 2010 fantasy baseball post it’s because I didn’t see any added boost in their value from having extra eligibility. Or maybe I forgot them. I’m half-idiot, sometimes. Anyway, here’s some players who see a boost in their 2010 fantasy baseball value because of their multiple position eligibility:
Victor Martinez – You want him at catcher, but the added eligibility is nice if you lose a 1st baseman to an injury and need to slot in V-Mart. Krishna knows it’s easier to find a random schmohawk catcher off waivers than a 1st baseman.
Jorge Cantu – Without the 3rd base eligibility, he wouldn’t even be drafted in most leagues. With the eligibility, you still want to avoid him. For those keeping score, that’s damned if you do, and damned if you do.
Chris Davis – When you’re looking to draft a player that is capable of striking out 300 times, you probably want them at a corner infidel spot, so the additional 3rd base eligibility doesn’t add much. If you don’t play with corner infielders, you want Davis at 3rd, but with only 11 games there you may be S.O.L. in some leagues. (Damn you, ESPN.)
Ryan Garko – From the files of “Yeah, No Kidding,” he’s a whole lot more appealing as a 5th outfielder than a 1st baseman. And even in the outfield, it’s really only in deep leagues.
Bobby Crosby – Psyche! He has no added value anywhere, but seeing him on the position eligibility list made me realize something. He played 54 games at 1st base and 42 at 3rd base. Billy Beane might be like the Orson Wells of baseball GMs. The Moneyball years is to Citizen Kane as Bobby Crosby playing 1st and 3rd base is to Orson Welles shilling for cheap wine.
Clint Barmes – 2nd base eligibility is nice, but, as the Yankee Doodles used to say, shortstop eligibility is macaroni.
Alberto Callaspo – With MI and CI eligibility, he has the coveted superfecta of eligibility. Though, I wouldn’t say Callaspo is necessarily coveted. Funny how that worked.
Jose Lopez – You want him at 2nd base or MI.
Ben Zobrist – Zobrist’s risk of not repeating is definitely counterbalanced by the nice eligibility. He played 91 games at 2nd base, 70 games at outfield and 13 games at shortstop. Hmm… No wonder he hit 27 homers and stole 17 bases, he played in 174 games.
Emilio Bonifacio – I wouldn’t own him outside of NL-Only leagues, but he does have the Pick 3 of eligibility.
Mark DeRosa – Slot him in at the corner infielder spot, grow bored and put him in your fifth outfielder spot. Lose interest and drop him. You know what I’m saying, you’ve been there before.
Casey McGehee – You know you’re more likely to take a chance on him at 2nd base or MI than 3rd base. Yes, I know you better than you know yourself.
Mark Reynolds – You think you’ll be fine with him as your 1st baseman, but, by the end of 2010, you’re going to want him as your 3rd baseman.
Jhonny Peralta – He gained 3rd base eligibility this year to go along with shortstop…. yay! He hit 11 homers in 582 at-bats. Moving on…
Juan Uribe – Won’t find him on a Grey Albright team out of a draft, but in single league, uh, leagues he has solid eligibility.
Michael Cuddyer – Corner infield and outfield eligibility is nice, but I’ll bet you $5 he’s the first guy you want to drop.
Adam Dunn – Probably will end up in your outfield, but the flexibility of putting Dunn in at corner is nice. And that is the only time a sentence will ever contain flexibility and Dunn.
Chase Headley – Maybe it’s the three whiskey sours talking, but I’m sorta excited about Headley at third base this year.