dkakridas wrote:This had to happen. The question is how well does Shelton play and if he plays well, what happens if/ when Pena straightens himself out.
Don't want to get ahead of myself but Shelton can take advantage of this opportunity and guarantee himself a job the rest of the year. he could put up some impressive power numbers. Great plate discipline and spacious Comerica lanes should help Shelton rake many doubles.
Cornbread- let's hear it!!
Cornbread don't come round here no more.
wha choo talkin bout willis?
Shelton is a big bat - power and average. He was a rule 5 player picked up by DET after the 2003 season (from PIT), so he had to be with the ML club for the entire 2004 season. He played 6 games as a C last yr, so he might qualify there in some leagues - if so he will be the hottest pickup in your league. He absolutely tore up minor league pitchers over the last yr - however, because he was a rule 5 and only played sparingly the yr before, it was almost like he lost a yr of development riding the pine. His major weakness has been on defense - an area that Pena excelled in. Essentially the move was a offensive upgrade at the cost of defense for the Tigers.
For fantasy purposes, I see no reason why you shouldnt take a flier on the guy if you are looking for a hot pickup - whats more, depending on how lenient your league rules are, he could qualify at C.