Alex Rodriguez may be a slob like one of us, but Iâ€™ve repeatedly told you to pick up Carlos Quentin this season, so Iâ€™ve already thrown my dignity out the proverbial window (defenestration, yo!). Instead of trying to trade for third base help, Iâ€™m saving my money and Iâ€™m hella happy thatâ€™s a bargain! Or something like that. His babyâ€™s got sauce, but Iâ€™m not going to hold it against him. Instead Iâ€™m going to cross my fingers that he is productive for the last couple months of the season. If youâ€™re concerned about his injuries, lifestyle choices, or age, Iâ€™d like to point to David Ortiz as an example of an oldie, but goodie. A-Rod doesnâ€™t have elite production left in him, ahem, but he can still reach a .270/.350/.450 line. All Iâ€™m saying is that itâ€™s a chance worth taking. Who knows, maybe if he finishes the season strong, owning him will be vogue. Anyway, here are some other guys who have my attention in OPS leagues:
Shin-Soo Choo â€“ Iâ€™m a Seoul Man! Too bad heâ€™s not from there. But Iâ€™m impressed with him improving his walk rate and being more awesome than he already was. Although heâ€™s been unusually streaky this year, Iâ€™d expect him to produce numbers at the same rate as he already has. Yes, a .400 OBP could be in the cards, assuming you get your deck from Joey Votto.
Luke Scott â€“ Sky mentioned him as a creeper and I wholeheartedly agree. Iâ€™ll send all my loving to you, Sky! Great Scott is a steady producer in OPS leagues, especially against righties. If you also feel that your team could use some grit or has a little too much rational thinking, heâ€™s your man.
Logan Morrison â€“ Oh hey, nice to have you back. Heâ€™s mostly been in a decline since his 2010 rookie season, but can you blame him? Of course you can. Still, Iâ€™d project something like what I have for A-Rod (for those of you who managed to completely avoid the introduction: see above).
Chase Headley â€“ Iâ€™ve been expecting a turnaround since last month and maybe heâ€™s starting to, as evidenced by his past few days. These are the questions that keep me up at night. Along with: Â â€śWhich album do I need to listen to tomorrow?â€ť and â€śWhen does a pizza become a pizza?â€ť
Brian McCann â€“ Before the season, I said, â€śI strongly dislike recommending people draft an injured player, but Iâ€™m going to do it this time. The last I saw, heâ€™s expected to miss the first couple weeks of the season. Even if the injury reduces his production, I could still see him producing a high .700s OPS, with solid counting stats. Considering that you would only have to use a late round pick, it may be worth the gamble.â€ť He must have been insulted by what I thought was a reasonable projection because heâ€™s currently topping a .900 OPS. He looks healthy, so I think heâ€™ll top my previous projection, even if his OBP and slugging combine to drop 100 points going forward. Did I just call him a sell high candidate? No, those were your words, not mine.
Jedd Gyorko â€“ I donâ€™t like writing about players whose names would be a wheel of fortune nightmare, but he should be a solid middle infielder. Heâ€™s worth pursuing now that heâ€™s expected back from the disabled list relatively soon.
Aaron Hill â€“ After the 2012 season, I said, â€śI think heâ€™s a better player than his 2011 numbers indicate, but I see him having the upside for an .800 OPS next year instead of the .882 he posted this year. Thatâ€™s a backhanded sort of compliment because Iâ€™d take that production from a second baseman in a heartbeat.â€ť Well, like McCann, heâ€™s exceeding my expectations so far this season. I also expect his production to fall off a bit, yet remain around an .800 OPS going forward.
Yoenis Cespedes â€“ I canâ€™t even bring myself to write a pun about your name. Thatâ€™s how much you disappoint me, Yoenis! I can only assume your impressive 2012 season was a result of a deal you made with Josh Satin.
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