Assuming you have already drafted your teams for this 2008 fantasy baseball season, these are the players you want to drop, add or simply hold onto for your fantasy baseball roster.
Cameron Maybin â€“ Heâ€™s gone. Might be in the minors until rosters expand.
John Patterson â€“ After being released by the Nationals (how embarrassing!), heâ€™s going to get another shot with the Rangers. Ugh. You donâ€™t want any part of him, unless you’re into tall, long-haired hippies that are injury-prone.
Scot Shields â€“ I love middle relievers, but he has forearm issues. Not worth it. Grab Justin Speier if you want to handcuff K-Rod.
Kelvim EscobarÂ â€“ If you have a spot on your DL, then I guess hold onto him. If no room, drop his injury-prone ass, he might be done for the year.
Jay Bruce â€“ Dusty Bakerâ€™s not playing him this year.
Homer Bailey â€“ Youâ€™re waiting for magic in the NL-only leagues. Other leagues, look elsewhere. (Aside, if his name was John Smith, you wouldn’t have even drafted him. He’s got a great name!)
Evan Longoria â€“ Braun was a special case last year. The Rays are cheap bastards and may call Longoria up in June or may wait even longer. Iâ€™m sorry, but you need someone else.
Chase Headley â€“ Not happening here either. But I wouldnâ€™t be surprised if he gets the call sooner than Longoria for two reasons, 1) Padres arenâ€™t cheap bastards 2) Edmonds and Giles arenâ€™t long for this world. Headley just needs to prove he can play some outfield.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia â€“ It’s with a heavy heart I report you should drop Salty. He’ll probably be up sooner rather than later, so you might have to pounce to get him back, but a catcher in the minors does nothing for you. Come back soon, Salty… (I am thrilled I won’t have to spell his name for a little while.)
Carlos Villanueva â€“ Brewers sent Vargas packing and handed his rotation keys over to Villanueva. Vargas really wasn’t that bad of a pitcher and he was having a decent spring. This says what you need to know about Villanueva’s talent.
Jayson Nix â€“ If you need a 2nd basemen, heâ€™s got the job in Colorado. Iâ€™d expect a decent value here. Think a young Marcus Giles. (BTW, Giles got old fast, right? I guess steroids do that.) For Nix, say 10/10/.270.
Edinson Volquez and/or Johnny Cueto â€“ Theyâ€™re going to be a hot add everywhere (in fact, I’ve already pimped them once) and the hype might exceed the results, but theyâ€™re worth trying on for size if you need a starter.
Matt Diaz â€“ Iâ€™ve been telling you to draft him for three months now. The Braves are going to play him and he can hit .320 with some pop.
Carlos Gomez â€“ He recently had a cramp in his hamstring and Punto took over for him, but the injury’s not serious. Not sure why heâ€™s suddenly off everyoneâ€™s radar, but he is. He shouldnâ€™t be. He can steal 50 bases, though he might strikeout 130 times. The Twins are committed to him and theyâ€™re a running team. This is another reason why I told you to not reach for steals in your drafts. Juan Pierreâ€™s old; Carlos Gomez is not.
Joey Gathright â€“ More speed if you need it.
Eugenio Velez â€“ And yet more speed. Arenâ€™t you pissed you drafted Juan Pierre, Willy Taveras or any of those other all-speed schmohawks?
Chris Snyder â€“ If you punted catcher and you’re sick of looking at Pudge or Varitek on your roster, take a flier on the D-Backs backstop. He’s having a super-sized spring training.
Austin Kearns â€“ I dislike Austin Kearns as much as the next person, and he’s burned me on many occasions, but he’s only 27. His road average last year was .301. The new Nats park might play like Coors East. You gotta take that chance. Just don’t drop anyone too precious.
Nate McLouth â€“ He went 13/22 last year and he has a decent eye. He’s not going 40/40 with 150 RBIs, but you can do worse off the waiver wire.
Tom Gordon â€“ Lidge is on the DL to start the season. Why not grab some free saves?
Josh Fields â€“ He was sent down, but I wouldnâ€™t be surprised if Crede gets traded or Fields ends back up in the majors very soon.
Brad Lidge â€“ He was put on the DL, but he wants to play. Heâ€™ll be fine as far as the knee goes.
Manny Parra â€“ He had a rough time of it in spring training, but heâ€™s got a job for as long as Yovaniâ€™s on the DL, Parra will get a shot. Hereâ€™s hoping it goes well.
Andy Pettitte â€“ Heâ€™s still having back issues, but heâ€™ll still be good value for some wins.