I just held onto Estrada while still picking up Salty off waivers, just planning to treat the next two weeks like his audition for the job on my fantasy team. If you have the roster room to do something like this, I think that's the way to go about it. The previous poster is right, there's no reason to get too wound up and expect him to go on some kind of tear, but then again he might benefit from the change of scenery and the bigger role. It's just that trying to predict that right now is somewhat impossible.
I'm going to backtrack on my comments made earlier after looking more closely at the numbers.
His stats don't jump off the page, other than his BA in May and June. R, HR, RBI are nothing special.
Moreso, he only has 1 R and 2 RBI in the month of July, with a BA of .228, while playing full time between C and 1B and getting 4, 5, and sometimes 6 AB per game.
I'll admit, I've initally kinda of fell into the 'hype' from the move to Texas... so my question is, is it worth it? What is it that makes this kid so special this season, despite what his numbers are shown? I saw the previous post about the ball park and all... but there's people saying that Teix's value will go up by getting into the Atlanta offence instead of Texas, so why is everyone so high on Salty in the Texas offence?
Really, is Saltalamacchia going to be that valuable in non-keeper leagues this year?
BillyHallDisciple wrote:Here's a few reasons people are worked up about Saltalamacchia in spite of those numbers.
1) Good catchers are hard to find, so when someone has an ounce of potential people tend to get more excited.
2) Switch from NL neutral park to AL hitter's park.
3) Salty may be able to focus more if he's not being continually switched between C & 1B and being yanked around in one of Bobby Cox's rotating platoons.
4) Before July he was hitting pretty well, albeit in limited duty.
#1 I can agree with and understand... as with #2
#3 I guess we'll see, that one's hard to say
#4 is what I'm not sold on, and it's the most important in my mind. He was hitting well when he wasn't playing everyday, and then once he started playing everday his numbers bombed... not a good sign as he moves to Texas and a guaranteed everyday role.
I'd love to see Salty pick up the numbers because I could use decent numbers from a C-eligible player, like you said in #1, but I'm not sure if this is the guy to do it... not in non-keepers anyway. Keepers may be a different story.