To that end, Fangraphs made a few lists of players who might have to set up mail forwarding for the rest of the year. Here are the players, organized by position, with their possible destinations in the parenthesis (the site itself has an evaluation of each player):
First base and Designated Hitter:
Billy Butler (Angels, Devil Rays)
Carlos Pena (Indians)
Jason Kubel (Blue Jays)
Josh Willingham (Rangers, Braves)
JI...JIM THOME (Phillies)
Jose Reyes (Giants, Reds, Brewers)
JJ Hardy (Giants, Reds, Brewers)
Rafael Furcal (Giants, Reds, Brewers)
Mike Aviles (Jays, Indians, Tigers, Marlins)
Jack Wilson (Giants, Brewers, Yankees)
Andre Ethier (Phillies)
Carlos Beltran (Indians)
Luke Scott (Rays)
Kosuke Fukudome (Giants)
Jeff Francoeur (Diamondbacks)
Obviously Reyes is the pick of the litter, assuming Wilpon doesn't find a brilliant new investment and make the money to keep him. I also don't see the Dodgers moving Ethier yet, even though the players are under direct orders not to let games go into extra innings because MLB's not paying for overtime. Other than Reyes and Ethier, who's the prize here? POLL IT. Any real-life trades you hope go down for their fantasy implications?
Speaking of the NY Mess, Ike Davis was one of the best value picks of the first month of the season. He twisted his ankle and was initially supposed to miss the minimum. That was almost a month ago, and now he's been shut down for the next three weeks and going back into the boot. This is the downside to using the ball boy as the team doctor to save money.
Pujols 3B watch: dude got his 2nd start and 3rd appearance there yesterday. Everyone knows that La Russa despises our fantasy teams, so I GUARANTEE that Pujols will get exactly 4 games at 3B this year. Book it. Not enough for eligibility but just enough to damage his elbow for the Cubs.
Happy birthday to Carlos Zambrano, Derek Lowe, Subway Series hero Luis Vizcaino, and former perennial post-hype sleeper Brad Wilkerson.
What else is going on?