The comments were shut off on the Position Eligibility for 2010 Fantasy Baseball post because that post was just listing players and their eligibility for 2010 fantasy baseball.  Now, in this here post, we get down to business.  Or bidness, if you mispronounce business.  That business is pointing out players that gain some advantage by having more eligibility than they know what to do with.  Are you going to finish the rest of that 3rd base eligibility? Multiple position eligibility is a funny thing.  Just when you think someone has no value, they unbutton the top button on their shirt and a heaving bosom of multiple position eligibility comes pouring out.  It’s the “butterface” of fantasy players.  Thanks for dinner, Ian Stewart, but I have a headache… *reveals 2nd base eligibility*  Well, you don’t have to go home just yet.  If I left someone off of this post from the position eligibility for 2010 fantasy baseball post it’s because I didn’t see any added boost in their value from having extra eligibility.  Or maybe I forgot them.  I’m half-idiot, sometimes.  Anyway, here’s some players who see a boost in their 2010 fantasy baseball value because of their multiple position eligibility:

Victor Martinez – You want him at catcher, but the added eligibility is nice if you lose a 1st baseman to an injury and need to slot in V-Mart.  Krishna knows it’s easier to find a random schmohawk catcher off waivers than a 1st baseman.

Jorge Cantu – Without the 3rd base eligibility, he wouldn’t even be drafted in most leagues.  With the eligibility, you still want to avoid him.  For those keeping score, that’s damned if you do, and damned if you do.

Chris Davis – When you’re looking to draft a player that is capable of striking out 300 times, you probably want them at a corner infidel spot, so the additional 3rd base eligibility doesn’t add much.  If you don’t play with corner infielders, you want Davis at 3rd, but with only 11 games there you may be S.O.L. in some leagues. (Damn you, ESPN.)

Ryan Garko – From the files of “Yeah, No Kidding,” he’s a whole lot more appealing as a 5th outfielder than a 1st baseman.  And even in the outfield, it’s really only in deep leagues.

Bobby Crosby – Psyche!  He has no added value anywhere, but seeing him on the position eligibility list made me realize something.  He played 54 games at 1st base and 42 at 3rd base.  Billy Beane might be like the Orson Wells of baseball GMs.  The Moneyball years is to Citizen Kane as Bobby Crosby playing 1st and 3rd base is to Orson Welles shilling for cheap wine.

Clint Barmes – 2nd base eligibility is nice, but, as the Yankee Doodles used to say, shortstop eligibility is macaroni.

Alberto Callaspo – With MI and CI eligibility, he has the coveted superfecta of eligibility.  Though, I wouldn’t say Callaspo is necessarily coveted.  Funny how that worked.

Jose Lopez – You want him at 2nd base or MI.

Ben Zobrist – Zobrist’s risk of not repeating is definitely counterbalanced by the nice eligibility.  He played 91 games at 2nd base, 70 games at outfield and 13 games at shortstop.  Hmm… No wonder he hit 27 homers and stole 17 bases, he played in 174 games.

Emilio Bonifacio – I wouldn’t own him outside of NL-Only leagues, but he does have the Pick 3 of eligibility.

Mark DeRosa – Slot him in at the corner infielder spot, grow bored and put him in your fifth outfielder spot.  Lose interest and drop him.  You know what I’m saying, you’ve been there before.

Casey McGehee – You know you’re more likely to take a chance on him at 2nd base or MI than 3rd base.  Yes, I know you better than you know yourself.

Mark Reynolds – You think you’ll be fine with him as your 1st baseman, but, by the end of 2010, you’re going to want him as your 3rd baseman.

Jhonny Peralta – He gained 3rd base eligibility this year to go along with shortstop…. yay!  He hit 11 homers in 582 at-bats.  Moving on…

Ian Stewart – I’m excited about Ian Stewart for 2010 fantasy baseball.  Looks like Mark Reynolds going into 2009.  Oh, and he’s eligible at 2nd base.

Juan Uribe – Won’t find him on a Grey Albright team out of a draft, but in single league, uh, leagues he has solid eligibility.

Michael Cuddyer – Corner infield and outfield eligibility is nice, but I’ll bet you $5 he’s the first guy you want to drop.

Adam Dunn – Probably will end up in your outfield, but the flexibility of putting Dunn in at corner is nice.  And that is the only time a sentence will ever contain flexibility and Dunn.

Nick Swisher – See Adam Dunn or 1/12th of an inch above.

Garrett Jones – Robot Jones is in the same boat as Casey McGehee.  The added eligibility makes the gamble easier to take.

Chase Headley – Maybe it’s the three whiskey sours talking, but I’m sorta excited about Headley at third base this year.

Asdrubal Cabrera – Shortstop eligibility is a nice added bonus, so we’ll excuse him for fielding his position in the shape of a swastika.

  1. Steve says:

    You didn’t miss a thing when grandma took you to the track, did you?

  2. Cheese

    Cheese says:

    Another 2 great laughs in there…

    “Hmm… No wonder he hit 27 homers and stole 17 bases, he played in 174 games.”

    “Shortstop eligibility is a nice added bonus, so we’ll excuse him for fielding his position in the shape of a swastika.”

    Great pic… And this is all definitely useful going into the draft!

  3. Antrim Warriors says:

    how about Beckham? he’s moving to 2B?

  4. sean says:

    Re: Robot Jones

    Added eligibility makes him easier to take slotted as a 5th OF or CI?

  5. Tony says:

    Zobrist- He’ll be 29 this year but last year was his first real year with playing time, what do you think of him this year Grey? Is he a 25/15 roughly .300 hitting 2B/SS/OF eligible guy, or is are people going to be disappointed, a la Alexie Ramirez?

    POSITIVE: Zobrist only K’d 104 times in 599 AB’s and walked 91.

  6. Tony says:

    @Tony: And his 1st half 2nd half spilts are almost identical…. no tail off.

  7. big o says:

    adam kennedy has flexibility .
    coghlan <== drafting him as my eventual 2B-man

  8. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: We were using my money, after all.

    @Cheese: Cool, glad you could use it.

    @Antrim Warriors: I listed people that had multi-position eligibility going into the draft. He doesn’t yet. Though you’re right, he is moving to 2nd base for 2010, as of right now.

    @sean: Not sure I follow your question. Yeah, it does add value.

    @Tony: I don’t fully trust him. But at 2nd base or SS, it softens the blow if he sucks.

    @big o: Kennedy — eh.

  9. Tony says:

    @Grey: zobrist a 5-6th rounder in a 12 teamer?

  10. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Tony: That sounds about right for where he’d go. Though I’d probably hold off until 7-8th round.

  11. Tony says:

    @Grey: haha ya…. I saw my buddys draft list when i went to visit him in GA this summer from our past season. He was about a round or 2 behind on every guy. I have a feeling if i’m planning on getting Zobrist in the 7/8th its not happening… kind of wishful thinking.

  12. jaime says:


    When does position Rankings come out? Thanks

  13. Grey

    Grey says:

    @jaime: In January.

  14. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Simply Fred: How did Steve sneak out the victory with no games played in the last few months?

  15. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:

    @Grey: Don’t get the reference. In the first pass, I had not scored every position drafted. Plus I had adjusted James’ projections (for my own preferences) for a few players and left them in thinking they wouldn’t make a difference. The combo was my bad. The final scored according to the original draft rules and to clean James’ projections.

    Teacher’s Pet indeed earned the win!

  16. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:

    @Simply Fred: This all in reference to our Slow Annual Razzball Mock.

  17. big o says:

    @Simply Fred: @Grey:
    ok .
    are we then to assume that steve should move back in
    with the in-laws ,
    for the sake of his fantasy career ?

  18. Tony says:

    IS MARK REYNOLDS going to be 1B eligible ONLY after this year?

  19. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Tony: I doubt it.

  20. PJtres says:

    hey grey…what are your expectations for reynolds going into 2010?

    i have votto/youk/reynolds in a keeper league but can only keep 2…

  21. Grey

    Grey says:

    @PJtres: I’m going to have a whole post about Reynolds (next week, I believe). He’s very overrated this year from what I’ve seen. I’d want Votto and Youk in a redraft, but I’d take Reynolds and Votto in a keeper.

  22. Fman99 says:

    Oh Grey, I need 2010 rankings I gots the shakes here! Stop drinking egg nog you moustachioed maniac and get the shizznit going!

    Or don’t. I’m so ineffectual.

  23. Oscar says:

    Currently have Mauer, Ryan Howard, Utley, and Kemp as my 4 solid keepers and trying to use El Panda, Figgins, Carpenter, Peavy and Gallardo as trade bait to upgrade at 1B and OF and chances of that happening you think?

  24. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Oscar: Depends who you’re going for. If you find a team that needs depth of keepers and could use your guys while having, say, Justin Upton and Youk available it’s not that crazy.

  25. Oscar says:

    Well its a four keeper per team at 12 teams. I want to keep hitting over pitching because i have a feeling that some good pitching will be abundant this year. I would like to go after Morneau or Longoria, willing to trade Howard due to K potential

  26. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Oscar: So you have 4 solid keepers in a 4 keeper league but you want to trade those other guys for lesser keepers? I might be confused as to the question. But if it is what I think, you should hold tight.

  27. Oscar says:

    So I am solid than with Mauer, Ryan Howard, Utley, and Kemp than? last question would be who would be an upgrade for 1B or Outfield?

  28. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Oscar: You are solid, but if you’re going to upgrade How about say Mauer and one or more of the guys you are not keeping for Braun or Longoria?

  29. Nate says:

    @Grey: Have you by chance done a post on guys losing position eligibility as well, or do you intend to? Guys who will become DH only are good to know about….plus, positional inflexibility has a certain ring, no?

  30. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Nate: It does have a nice ring, I’ll look into doing it, but the problem is people play with so many different eligibility rules.

  31. Mike says:

    Keeper Question-
    260 salary, 14 hitters (1 C and 2 Utl) 9 pitchers
    Keep 4 with salary increase of $5 from 2009
    Potential keeper with new 2010 salary
    Ryan Braun 41
    Chase Utley 34
    Ryan Howard 39
    Rob Cano 15
    Jacoby Ellsbury 16
    Adam Jones 17
    Jay Bruce 13
    Chris Carpenter 11
    Jered Weaver 10

    Who do you keep?
    If you were wondering- yes I won my league hands down with this line-up
    Thanks Mike

  32. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Mike: It kinda depends on how many teams in your league, but tentatively Cano, Ellsbury, Utley and Howard…I don’t doubt you won your league, but your salary increases are going to be tough this year.

  33. Mike says:

    12 team mixed
    You would keep Howard at 39 instead of Braun at 41?
    I am also thinking this might be Bruce’s year?

  34. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Mike: I figured 12 teams. I liked the idea of Howard and Ellsbury, but Braun could work, but then you don’t have a 1st baseman and your outfield has two guys. The problem with Bruce over Ellsbury is Ellsbury is around a 2nd rounder and Bruce is around a 12th rounder, so you’re really going for upside rather than a sure thing.

  35. Mike says:

    What about Braun, Ellsbury, Utley, and Howard? I only worry about the cost- Do you think this would be getting value for the cost?

  36. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Mike: They’re great, and I considered that, but it’s a lot to be dropping on 4 players.

  37. Andy says:

    Not sure if it has been mentioned but G. Beckham will gain 2B eligibility within two weeks of the 2010 season under most league formats. He is a decent pickup at 3B but will be an absolute beast in the 2B slot.

  38. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Andy: Yeah, he’s not listed here because he doesn’t have the eligibility yet.

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