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.