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Stealing is like borrowing until it becomes permanent. I don’t steal; it’s immoral, reprehensible and I’m really out of shape so I’d probably get caught. The fact of the matter is that these guys aren’t for everyone.  They shouldn’t be, but they will give you the all coveted stat:  steals.  These players should only be considered if you are in need of steals after your draft, 12 teams or deeper.  In H2H leagues, these players are especially important if you’re trying beat an opponent and only need a few quick “pick me up” steals.

Chris Getz – Yeah, this list is not exciting.  This KC middle infielder is horrible. I have shown him love in 16-20 team leagues. With  Aviles’ iffy elbow, he may be only shining light not named Yuniesky.

Kaz Matsui - On the down side of career, was there ever an up? Still has legs, which may get you 18-22 steals. With an OPS of 625, which is what Pujols slugs.

Eugenio Velez – Needs to find a spot somewhere.  Maybe he sent a poison Edible Arrangement™ to Fred Lewis. 400 abs might give you 20 snatches. I like that word for SB’s.

Luis Castillo – I know what you’re saying, he is horrible, and you’re right.  Sorta. Can help with steals while not demolishing BA.

Cliff Pennington – Sounds like an insurance salesman. Has the gig at short for the ‘tics.  Prolly the best guy on this list so far as potential.

Coco Crisp – 450 ABs easy and a 10/20 season.  It ain’t glamorous, but these steal guys rarely are.

Michael Brantley – Could actually get drafted in a 12 team. I like this kid, reminds me of The Big FraGu last year.

Eric Young – May start season on bench or in AAA, which is the place for really, really bad drinkers. Awesome speed potential.  Barmes needs to fall down some stairs for him to have a shot.

Brendan Ryan – Seriously, Julio Lugo. Good potential for a MI spot league if you get a stud early. Could do worse, the Cliff Pennington of the NL.

Austin Jackson – May struggle early.  Given 400 abs could go 8/15, with a ton of runs leading off.

Will Venable – Quietly will hit 6th for the Friars.  Decent pop last year should carry over, who doesn’t like the son of a Max. 10/15 very attainable.

21 Responses

  1. royce! says:
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    Vlad just reached on an infield single to second. With speed like that, maybe he’ll be good for steals too? I keed!

  2. Tom Emanski says:
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    Whatever you need, Chris Getz. Get it!?

  3. Tom Reale says:
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    Brantley to be sent down soon?

  4. Jake says:
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    note — Coco Crisp on the DL with a fractured pinky, will be out until “at least early May”. Pinky might be a better name than Coco for anybody whose last name is not Crisp.

  5. Terrence Mann says:
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    I wouldn’t own any of those guys in a 12 team league (except maybe Jackson) – unless I had about 35 roster spots. Barmes is the guy to keep an eye on. He hasn’t done anything to make his case as keeping his starting job, as of yet.

  6. K Krazy says:
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    Borbon is going to drive me to hit the bourbon.

  7. spencer says:
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    Hey grey…i know this is a dumb question…and we all looove robot…but do we sell high?

    i just got an offer of:

    Grady Sizemore for Robot Jones and Zambrano….

    pull the trigger?

  8. Grey

    Grey says:
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    This isn’t my post. If you want to ask me questions, my post is one down.

  9. jesse says:
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    @spencer: You get Sizemore there? Hell yes you do that!

  10. El Famous Burrito says:
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    @K Krazy: My Borboner is flaccid also.

  11. Dingo says:
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    And Belliard hits for the Hungry Man Cycle!

  12. Smokey

    smokey says:
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    “You made me put your head in a vice for Charlie M.” My fav Pesci quote, although there are many.

  13. Smokey

    smokey says:
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    @Tom Reale: I think he may get a chance albeit a squeezed for space kind of role.

  14. big al says:
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    Kershaw or McCutchen in 16 team dynasty

    My Roster:
    c-wieters
    1b- agonzo
    2b- phillips
    SS- Tulo
    3b- Beckham
    CF- Ellsbury
    LF- Braun
    RF- J-Upton
    OF- Hamilton
    Util- S. Rod
    Util- Quentin

    notable Pitchers (F. Francisco, Storen, B-Wil, Kershaw, Hanson, JJ, Yo-Garraldo, webb, volquez, morrow, j garcia, j zimm)

    I feel a another hitter might be more valuable since i have the pitching and it is h2h 5×5 categories and pitching can be up n down…

  15. infamy707 says:
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    Someone in my league jsut dropped Borbon, should I pick him up and drop Gardner or Headley?

  16. Commish Cauda (formerly Mike) says:
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    @infamy707: Drop Gardner for Borbon

  17. Smokey

    Smokey says:
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    @big al: kershaw for me
    @infamy707: Gardner will get you 70 runs 40 steals but wont play everyday and make u hange your lineup, I’d grab Borbon now its only 3 games in.
    @Commish Cauda (formerly Mike): I would read above

  18. Eddie says:
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    Hey Grey,
    I’m in a 16 team H2H keeper, walk counts the same as a single.. My bench is thin and I don’t have a strong hitter to plug in at the utility slot right now. Should I use the #2 waiver priority on Nick Johnson? He just got dropped. Still qualifies at 1B too, which is a bonus.

  19. Marqo says:
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    Ehhhm, A-Jax (reminds me of Ajax Amsterdam) will steal a lot more than just 15 “snatches”…

  20. papasmurf says:
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    And B Roberts got his first two hits and stole a base. Rejoice!

    Though I read he got up gingerly after the SB…

    Guess he might not try that for a while again…

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