We’re just over two weeks into the regular season now, and perhaps things haven’t gone as well as you hoped for on your fantasy team. You’ve fantasized about taking a hammer to Ian Desmond’s fingers since he doesn’t seem to need them for anything anyway. Waterboarding seems too lenient of a punishment for the pathetic numbers that Miguel Sano has produced for your team thus far. If you’ve been thinking along these lines, then you’ve probably been watching too many mob movies recently. More importantly, it’s just mid-April. No need to panic. Depending on your format, there are likely several interesting players available on the waiver wire to help your team during it’s early season funk. One of those players might be St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Jeremy Hazelbaker (65.9% owned; +57.5% over the past week), who was the most added player in ESPN leagues over the last seven days. The departure of Jason Heyward and an injury to Tommy Pham have finally given the 28-year-old Hazelbaker a chance to play in the big leagues after toiling away in the minors since being drafted by the Red Sox in 2009. He’s made the most of his early opportunity, producing a 7/3/7/2/.394 batting line across 39 plate appearances. Hazelbaker has displayed double digit home run power as well as 30+ steal speed at multiple stops in the minors, so he could just be a late bloomer who needed an opportunity to shine. However, he does tend to strikeout fairly often (25.6% K% this year; 25.4% K% in his minor league career), and his current .424 ISO and .455 BABIP are likely to come crashing down in the near future.  Think of Dexter Fowler as an upside comp and Jake Marisnick as a downside one. Ride the wave while it lasts but be ready to cut bait if and when he comes back to Earth.

Here are a couple of other interesting adds/drops in fantasy baseball over the past week:

Mat Latos: 22.4% owned; +16.9%

Do you remember how good this guy was just a few short years ago? From 2010-2013, he had a higher K-rate (8.40 K/9) and a lower ERA (3.27) and WHIP (1.16) than both James Shields and Jon Lester over that span. In 2014, injuries struck which affected his velocity and overall effectiveness (7.16 K/9 and a 4.16 ERA from ’14-’15). So what’s changed for Latos this season? Not a whole lot. His 0.75 ERA and 0.50 WHIP across his first two starts this season might look great on the surface, a look under the hood tells a different story. His average fastball velocity is down 2.2 mph from last season (91.5 to 89.3), and his current 6.6% SwStr% is well below league average. A 5.26 xFIP combined with a .114 BABIP and an 85.7% strand rate suggest that there’s a harsh correction coming in the near future. Stay away. TRASH.

Alex Rodriguez: 52.8% owned; -13.1%

He’s only DH-eligible, he turns 41 years old in July, he doesn’t steal bases anymore (more than 4 SBs once in a single season since 2010), and he’s off to a poor start this year. Those are some of the negatives concerning A-Rod. However, last season, he was one of just 31 players to score at least 80 runs as well as knock in 80. He was also one of just 20 players to hit 30+ homers. Over the last three seasons, Yankee Stadium had the 2nd highest park index for RHB home runs in the major leagues. Don’t expect much of a contribution in the batting average and stolen base categories, but if you like homers and counting stats, A-Rod will do just fine. TREASURE.

 
  1. Chadaristic says:
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    Dropping Storen for either Madson or Jepsen. Which would you recommend?

    • Big Magoo

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      @Chadaristic: Edge to Jepsen in the short-term. He’s the 9th inning guy while Perkins is out (and his health situation sounds iffy). I think that Doolittle will still see some save opps in Oakland.

  2. Five-On-One says:
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    Pitching prospect question – Can you give me your best guess for ETAs and subsequent performance for Berrios, Urias, Snell, Glasnow and Giolito – preferably in order of stash-worthiness? Thank you.

    • Big Magoo

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      @Five-On-One: Giolito and Berrios are easily the top two stashes for me. They should be up within the next two months or so. Berrios is pretty polished and Giolito looks like he could be a left-handed Syndergaard.

      • Carl says:
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        @Big MagooIsn’t Giolito right handed?

        • Baby Kardashian says:
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          @Carl: yes

        • Big Magoo

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          @Carl: Yup. Sorry, had Urias on the brain when writing about the handedness.

      • Five-On-One says:
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        @Big Magoo: So the others (Urias, Snell, Glasnow) are not worth stashing in a 12-team redraft league?

        • Big Magoo

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          @Five-On-One: It depends who you’d be dropping for them. I don’t think that Urias will be up until September (if at all this year), and Snell and Glasnow have uncertain timelines.

      • apoxonbothyourhouses says:
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        @Big Magoo: and Glasnow is pretty close to Giolito in most prospect gurus’ eyes. He is pretty close to Thor in terms of stuff and physicality. I like Giolito, but I think he’s going to disappoint a few owners in the short term.

  3. WestGaFresh says:
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    Im in a dynasty league with 2 slots for prospects. I currently have Moncada and Gallo in those slots. Moncada looks to be blocked by Pedroia. Is he worth holding on for most likely next season since he will only cost a last round draft pick in my league setup or should I look to add Berrios instead? Im hoping Gallo will be my 3B once he gets the call. Im currently rocking with Yunel at 3B. Drop Yunel for Too Short (Travis Shaw)?

    • Big Magoo

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      @Carl: @WestGaFresh: Hold Moncada. He has a chance to be special. I’d take Shaw over Yunel. I like Berrios over Gallo, but it depends what you’d be able to get for Gallo on the trade market. Gallo would be fine to hold too.

  4. Toad says:
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    Howdy!

    H2h points, weekly league.

    Which is the better stash: trea turner or Gioltto?

    Is there one you’d stash now? Do you see the nats promoting turner soon with how bad current SS Espinosa has been?

    • Big Magoo

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      @Toad: Depends on needs. I think they’ll be up around the same time, but Turner probably has a better chance to be up slightly sooner.

      • CMUTimmah says:
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        @Big Magoo: Turner as a 2B/SS will give you options if you’re running out subpar talent there currently…. Giolito could be dynamite, but I expect his call up comes in July… by then you would be running a short bench and missing starts for a guy likely to only play in 12-15 games. In a head to head league, I’d prefer Turner as he’s likely called up sooner.

  5. Baseball yard goat says:
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    Hey man- I’ll keep this short/sweet. My third baseman is Kyle seager, he hasn’t started off hot this season, I know you’re not going to tell me to drop seager but would you advise to look at another 3b & play the hot hand( h2H points league.)

    Available: Yunel Escobar, Martin Prado, Mike Moustakas, David Wright, Yasmany Tomas (who is eligible at 3b + OF)

    • Big Magoo

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      @Baseball yard goat: Try to make room for Moustakas and then you can play matchups until Seager picks up his play

  6. PetFed says:
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    Trader offered to me: Greinke for JD Martinez?

    Should I keep JD?

    • Chisoxx_22 says:
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      @PetFed:
      Depends on need, greinke won’t be what he was last year.

    • Big Magoo

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      @PetFed: Keep JD. Try to acquire a cheaper pitcher if you need help on that side.

    • Chicken Dinner says:
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      @PetFed: Even if Greinke was pitching as well as last year you keep JD.

  7. Scott says:
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    Would you drop Shields for some Giolito upside?

    • Scott says:
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      @Scott: or McHugh?

    • Big Magoo

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      @Scott: Depends on your format. In a 12 team redraft, I’d hang onto Shields and McHugh for now.

  8. abdoozy says:
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    Hey Mr Magoo, good to see you again.

    10 team ESPN H2H 6×6 (QS, OPS).
    Dyson is off the DL today, so I have a decision to make. I don’t carry bench bats so I need to drop one of:
    Soler
    Hazelbaker
    Pagan
    Dyson

    I have Ellsbury, Marte, Harper and Trout for SBs, but my team speed is pretty light overall (which explains stashing Dyson on the DL).

    I’m leaning twoards dropping Soler as I have plenty of power (Rizzo/Trout/Harper/Story). Agree?

    • Big Magoo

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      @abdoozy: Good to see you abdoozy! If you need Dyson for speed, I’d lose Pagan there. I don’t see him cracking your lineup anytime soon.

  9. Roll of SAGNOF, Hear my Cry says:
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    I own Carlos Gomez @ $28 for next season in an AL-only Dynasty League.

    I would love to trade him but uncertain of what value I should target.

    Would you trade Gomez at that price for $18 Khris Davis?

  10. SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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    Magoo! Here’s my pitching staff in a deep 12 team keeper (8 keepers) – should I drop Ryu for Bassitt, colon, tropeano, medlen, or Daniel Norris? Also I just picked up Giles off waivers, dropping Grilli (should I try and grab Grilli back or Storen?) thanks!

    Sp- Keuchal
    Sp- Hamels
    Sp- Walker
    Sp- Kennedy
    RP- Familia
    RP- Andrew Miller
    P- Jeanmar Gomez
    P- Nola
    P- Velazquez

    B- Erasmo
    B- Giles
    B- Ryu
    B- Berrios
    DL- Darvish
    DL- Cobb

    • Big Magoo

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      @SheriffMcRawDawg: Hey Sheriff! Unless it’s a holds league, you can leave Grilli and Storen on waivers for now. With Berrios stashed and Darvish and Cobb on their way back, you could use the Ryu spot to stream. It doesn’t sound like he’s nearing a return.

      • SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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        @Big Magoo: thanks – lineups are locked weekly so it’s easier to hang onto Ryu and he’d seem like solid depth once healthy but I feel you.

        and would you drop D’Arnaud for Grandal in a 12 team h2h league with OPS? or hold?

        thanks again

        • Big Magoo

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          @SheriffMcRawDawg: I’d probably go with Grandal over d’Arnaud there. He gets a nice boost in an OPS format. No problem.

  11. John says:
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    Great read, Big Magoo.

    I’m stashing a couple of players, Turner and Giolito. This is a keeper league, we can keep up to 15 players per season, the roster size is 25.
    Do you think it will be worth it to keep either of them? I mean, do you think they will return good value as I were to draft them in the first 15 rounds?

    Also, buxton is in the FA pool. Should I try to make some room for him?

    • Big Magoo

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      @John: Thanks, John! It’s still pretty early to talk about keepers for next season and beyond, but Turner and Giolito are solid stashes in that format. I’d imagine that Giolito has a good shot to crack your 15 keepers, and Turner might too. I’d leave Buxton alone for now unless you have an extra roster spot to use on him. He’s looked pretty lost in his MLB stint thus far.

  12. Jerry says:
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    Hey, Magoo! Martin or Grandal behind the plate? Thanks!

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      @Jerry: Hey, Jerry! In a one catcher league, I might roll the dice on Grandal, especially in an OBP format. He’s usually quite productive when he’s on the field. His durability is always an issue though, which is why I’d go with Martin in a two catcher league. More reliable.

  13. PetFed says:
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    Brock Holt or Joe Panik for 2B moving forward?

    • Big Magoo

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      @PetFed: Panik. A bit more power and hitting 2nd should lead to better counting stats.

  14. Surfer dude says:
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    Hi, thoughts on H. Santiago for ROS, H2H points.
    Thanks

    • Big Magoo

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      @Surfer dude: His velocity is up, he’s missing more bats, and his walk rate is down. If he can keep that up (especially the improved control), he should be solid.

  15. Tony Costa says:
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    Hey Magoo good article! 12 team H2H league where BA and OPS are included, at 2b do you like Schoop, Panik, Walker, Phillips or Gennett? At catcher Montero, Martin, Vogt, Castillo or Grandal? For Utility position Holliday, Duda, Reddick, Ozuna, Park, or Tyler White? Thanks

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      @Tony Costa: Thanks! I’d go with Panik at 2B. He’s a high BA guy who smacks a good amount of XBHs. You could play matchups at C with Vogt, Martin, and Grandal. Grandal is the most upsidey, but also the riskiest. Probably Vogt at the moment. He’s solid and hits in the best lineup spot of the bunch. Duda at utility. He’s an OPS beast when healthy and going well.

  16. nick the dick says:
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    In a dynasty, would you rather have Myron Bolitar or Windsor Horne Lockwood, in a vacuum? The Ache Brothers and Little Pocahontas are free agents, drop Big Cyndi for any of them?

    • Big Magoo

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      @nick the dick: Gotta go with Win there. Myron is solid, but Win has crazy upside. Emphasis on crazy.

      Any newish Myron/Win novels? I haven’t read any of Coben’s recent stuff. Always rock solid though.

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Big Magoo: Not sure if he has any newer Myron ones, last Coben I read was ‘Caught’ which was great. Have ‘Missing You’ and ‘Stay Close’ which i’m reading now, all of those not Bolitar ones though. He’s been doing a Mickey Bolitar (his nephew?) series, which I believe is geared toward younger teenage readers, i’m not totally sure. They are always very good, but I could use some new Myron in my life. You still come across some characters from the Myron books occasionally in other ones too which is nice.

        • Big Magoo

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          @nick the dick: Haven’t read any of the Mickey Bolitar books. I’d be all over a new Myron novel though.

          Have you checked out the Harry Bosch novels? Those are awesome. One of my favorite characters ever.

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            @Big Magoo: Yeah no, don’t think the Mickey ones are for us, trying to appeal to a younger genre with those I believe. He definitely needs to square us away with some grown man Myron…haven’t read Bosch, but will certainly check it out on you recommendation.

            • nick the dick says:
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              @nick the dick: *aren’t for us

            • Big Magoo

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              @nick the dick: Definitely check out the Bosch novels. The Black Echo, The Black Ice, and The Concrete Blonde are the first three in the series. I’d start with those three if you dig the character and writing style.

  17. Nice preparation with H, azelbaker…

    Speaking of hemorrhoids, eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeven floooooooooow!

    • Big Magoo

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      @Wake Up: Haha. Strange, I don’t feel sore…

  18. Jose says:
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    Big magoo who would you trade for a pitcher…starlin castro or jason heyward? They are offering me gerrit cole for starin castro,casillas and michael wacha, and other one is offering me johnny cueto for jason heyward and severino

    • Big Magoo

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      @Jose: I like the Cole deal better. See if you can get a second player thrown in on the other side.

      • Jose says:
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        @Big Magoo: i have eugenio suarez and eduardo nunez and kang

        • Big Magoo

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          @Jose: I like Cole in that deal that you mentioned. Just try to make it a three-for-two deal and get an outfielder or extra piece thrown in.

  19. From Beyond says:
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    Can’t believe I’m asking this… Would you drop Severino for Latos? Thanks.

    • Big Magoo

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      @From Beyond: Not a huge fan of either guy this year, but I’d definitely go with Severino there.

  20. Maki says:
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    Been offered Quintana for my Lorenzo Cain. Could use pitching, but should I hold it for something better?

    • jal179 says:
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      @Maki

      Hold. Cain should fetch more of a Salazar/Hamels tier I’d think.

    • Big Magoo

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      @Maki: Hold Cain. You can do better if you want to move him for pitching help.

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