Well, Ray Durham keeps insisting that he will play on Opening Day. The problem is that I have not found one other person who shares his confidence.
The best news for Durham’s owners is that 26-year old Kevin Frandsen, who was expected to vulture at least a third of Durham’s playing time at second, tore his Achilles on Monday. Frandsen is done for 2008, so I think Durham gets over 500 PAs for one last season. Eugenio Velez will still steal some of Durham’s time, but Velez will have backup responsibilities at third, as well. He should see the plate enough to have some value in NL-only leagues, but he is hardly a stud in the making.
How deep is your league? Who are some of the FAs available? As for 2B sleepers, is Matt Antonelli available in your league? His playing time projections vary widely, but he has shown speed and the ability to hit for average at level in the minors. If Tadahito Iguchi were to go down in San Diego, Antonelli would become very valuable, very quickly.
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it's a 14 team H2H Yahoo league, people like Carlos Delgado, Willits, Jack Cust, Doug Davis, Tim Wakefield, Overbay, Ethier, Cameron Maybin, Pedro Feliz are available in the draft, just to give you an idea. They haven't added Mark Antonelli to the roster.
At 2B, I have available:
Mark DeRosa, Jose Vidro, Maicer Izturis, Jose Lopez, Eugenio Velez, Marco Scutaro, etc..
I might actually snag Durham this year in a deeper league. Its a contract season for him, and he did pretty well in 06 when he wanted a contract (26 hr 90+ rbi). He's been tearing it up in ST (he did have an injury recently, not sure how serious it was, but he played today in an exhibition game in SF) and Velez is his only real competition now that Frandsen is done. However, if the Giants fall out of contention extremely quickly (which seems likely), I could see him sitting maybe 2-3 games per week. I wouldn't be surprised if Durham gets moved up to the #4 slot, at least periodically when Molina takes a day off. But, having Randy Winn and Aaron Rowand bat around you isnt nearly the same as having Holliday and Atkins (see Todd Helton) or A-rod and Jeter (see Bobby Abreu).