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We’ve all been told to be patient with our fantasy baseball stars in the early going. As a Giancarlo Stanton owner, I was rewarded for my patience as Stanton finally did what I have been waiting for him to do since draft day… he stole his first base (against the Reds, too). Snarkiness aside, let’s look at one of Stanton’s teammates, Juan Pierre, who is probably sitting on your waiver wire as we speak.

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Juan Pierre, OF – Old man Pierre, now in his 14th season, probably got into Stanton’s ear and told him to forget about the power game and focus on his wheels. The speedy veteran is off to a slow start, batting only .192 with a .225 OBP to begin the year, but I think we need to afford him the same opportunity to right the ship as we would other slow starters. In his long career, Pierre has never struck out at a rate higher than 8.5%, and he has never had an OBP less than .325. I was surprised to see his ownership at ~8% in ESPN leagues. While Pierre isn’t going to help you at all in HR or RBI, he’ll be penciled in as the Marlins’ leadoff hitter every night.  In terms of opportunities, Pierre will give you more at-bats than anybody who is probably sitting on your wire right now. And speaking of Stanton, when the big guy does start to hit, Pierre’s run totals will benefit from getting on base ahead of him. After swiping 37 bags in 130 games last year with the Phillies, Pierre has 3 on the year already in 2013. One of the interesting things about last year’s performance was that he was also very efficient at stealing bases, only getting caught 7 times in 44 attempts. Across MLB, Pierre is second only to Michael Bourn in SB since 2010 with 132. If you are looking for cheap speed, Pierre isn’t somebody you want to overlook, and he won’t sit on the wire long once he starts to get on base more frequently.

Rajai Davis, OF –  Another overlooked speedster is Davis, who will likely see a decrease in his playing time soon as Jose Bautista returns to the lineup. He should still get some looks against lefties out of the DH position in a platoon with Adam Lind. While Davis is not somebody that you can set and forget, if you can afford to carry him on your bench as a match-up play he is always a great bet to garner a stolen base or three on a weekly basis.  I mentioned that Juan Pierre was second only to Michael Bourn in SB since 2010. It’s also worth mentioning that third on that list is our friend Rajai Davis with 130 SB.

40 Responses

  1. BootsyBaby says:
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    Is it time to give up on Bonifacio? He just got 2B eligibility in one of my leagues, and with Reyes out – are his 30+ SB days behind him at this point?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @BootsyBaby: I’d hold on Bonifacio for now. It’s still early and the eligibility may come in handy

      • Enos says:
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        @Mike:

        Ugh. I just dumped Bonifacio for Pierre w/o reading the comments. I’ve got Zobrist at 2B and he never seems to miss a game (fingers crossed). I hope I don’t regret it.

  2. Jay

    jaywrong says:
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    Didn’t Stanton get his first RBI this season as well? Patience pays off! /slams head against monitor.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @jaywrong: LOL, I submitted the post pre-RBI..had I seen it I may not have been able to type with all the excitement…

  3. levo says:
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    with how bad the dodgers left side has been…any prediction on when we see dee gordon back up?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @levo: I have no idea why he’s not up already to be honest..I’m hoping to see him up in May if he continues to hit…

  4. Ben says:
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    A quick look at Pierre’s stats do make it seem like he’s just getting unlucky. .224 BABIP. K rate twice his career average and is walking 1.4% of the time. All of this while his in zone and out of zone swing rates haven’t really changed. Really, his overall contact % is only down a few percent. So there’s two ways you can go with this… either he’s just really had bad luck and will get better or he’s on the worst team he’s ever been on and is just trying to hack his way through the season so he can retire. Personally I think the latter. The only reason I can see hanging on to him is hoping he gets traded to a decent team.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @Ben: Thanks for your comment…Phils were really successful as a team last year, leading the majors in SB% in 2012, so I can see your point about the new digs with the Marlins not being ideal…I’m still betting on him turning it around though

  5. Big B says:
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    Question:

    Just had an offer for myself to acquire Stanton….I would send Sandoval and Boggs for him.

    Sounds like a deal to me

    What you think Greg?

    • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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      @Big B: Not Peg Leg Greg, but I think you should make that trade.

      • Big B says:
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        @Wallpaper Paterson:

        Thank you sir. I did right before your reply. Hope Stanton comes out and starts getting his groove on. I think he did too much partying when he was in town (Cincy) cause he was driving his Mercedes, check that racing it, up and down the streets downtown.

        • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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          @Big B: Wow, that is really stupid. Hopefully, it is not true. Maybe he was mistaken for somebody else. Let Grey know about this and he will call the Marlins to tattle. If there is nothing there, then fine. If not, then maybe Grey can put a stop to this nonsense. I suppose Stanton never heard of Bobby Phills.

          • Longbeachyo says:
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            @Wallpaper Paterson: uhhh, I’m pretty sure Grey was riding shotgun offering @#&*-head as they sped along…

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @Big B: No idea why anybody would sell Stanton right now…that’s a great trade for you

    • AL KOHOLIC says:
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      @Big B: do it

  6. Ron says:
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    The waiver wire is very thin nowadays!

    Rank’em ROS – Villanueva, Quintana, Straily, Garza

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @Ron: Straily, Garza, Villanueva, Quintana I could see Garza and Straily with similar K/9 and IP when it’s all said and done…with Garza getting a few more wins…of course it depends on whether Straily ends up with a rotation spot. Villanueva and Quintana are close, and I usually lean towards the NL arms

  7. Nick says:
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    Who wins this trade?:

    Pujols/Pestano and Sale/A. Bailey.

    8×8 league R, HR, RBI, SB, BB, AVG,OPS, XBH, IP, S, H, K, ERA, WHIP, K/9, QS

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @Nick: I always prefer the hitter, even if the hitter is banged up…no gaurantee Sale doesn’t wear down either…I have no idea how to spell guaruntee…

  8. jesse says:
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    I just added Rajai yesterday. I wish the Jays would start him every day. Who do you think ends up with more steals between him and Pierre?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @Ron:@jesse: IMO Pierre just because of opportunity, nice thing about Rajai though is he gives you a little pop now and then in addition to the speed…

  9. Mike says:
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    Any idea what happened to Bourjos’ SB skills? 20+ in ’11, only 3 last year and 0 so far this year. I’m half tempted to pick him up because steals are scarce on my waiver wire, but my OF is crowded and not sure he’s worth benching one of my other starters if he isn’t contributing steals.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @Mike: Yeah I’m not adding him until I see some of the speed especially with other options available..

  10. MackeySasser says:
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    14 teams, H2H.

    One of the managers dropped Morrow. Think he turns it around? Seems like he is worth rostering at least for certain matchups.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @MackeySasser: I would, I always like the guys with good strikeout numbers

  11. michaelastorga1 says:
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    Just was offered Matt Cain and Giancarlo Stanton for Andrew Mccutchen and Roy Halladay do i take that?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @michaelastorga1: I like the McCutchen side actually, given that he could go 30-30 and already has 6 swipes on the year with only 1 CS, and I think Roy figures out how to pitch without his old velocity.

      • Big B says:
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        @Mike: @Longbeachyo:

        Well, he was bumping some hispanic hip-hop (trendy on south beach). I yelled Gian-caaarrllo in my best spanish accent but he did not buy it. I would have bought the patron too!

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          @Big B: ha, this whole scenario kind of reminds me of that movie Big Fan with Patton Oswalt “what’s up, Giancarlo, we’ve been following you..”

  12. Mike says:
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    I have Austin Jackson on one of my teams, 5 stolen bases, 19 runs scored .294 average has been very good so far.

  13. Scott says:
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    Was offered Stanton for Phillips and beachy. I know phillips is hot now, but doesn’t he usually decline as the year goes on? Thoughts on that offer? Is it wrong to assume that Stanton will right the ship?

    • AL KOHOLIC says:
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      @Scott: id do it

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @AL KOHOLIC: @Scott: I agree, Stanton will hit his bombs. He had a slow start last year, too.

  14. Goliath says:
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    which side do y’all like more

    trumbo/price

    or s. marte/Rivera/morneau?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @Goliath: I like the Price/Trumbo side. I think Trumbo could outperform Morneau in counting stats and I’m not sure Marte and Rivera is enough for an arm like Price, even though Marte is off to a great start.

  15. James says:
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    Just dropped alcides Escobar for Zack Cozart

    Then dropped Brett Anderson for Villanueva

    Then dropped De Aza for Lorenzo Cain.

    Need your input: Are these all good moves on my part?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      za@James: Nothing wrong with the Cozart swap IMO, but it may have been a little early to give up on Anderson and I’m not sure Cain is that big of an upgrade over De Aza.

  16. Dave says:
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    Just traded Kipnis for Stanton. Thoughts?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @Dave: Love that trade for you…Stanton has the better chance of turning things around

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