Free Agent Infielders to Pick Up (5.26.09)

 

Injuries have given Zobrist the playing time he has been looking for.

Injuries have given Zobrist the playing time he has been looking for.

Catcher- John Baker (Florida Marlins); Only owned in 32% of Yahoo leagues, I was very surprised at how little respect this guy has been getting. His first full year in the big leagues and is showing he can hit for average and for power (.284 avg, 6 HR). This is the type of guy who can give you a solid OPS, 20-25 homers, and maintain a good average.

 

First Base- Nick Johnson (Washington Nationals); The guy who could never put it all together in NY appears to be healthy and is back to playing everyday. The power numbers are down a bit but he has shown in the past that he has the ability to hit the long ball (23 in ’06). He can draw the walk with the best of them as is evident by his .445 OBP. He will hit for a great average, drop about 18-22 bombs, and knock in around 85-90 RBI’s.

Second Base- Jerry Hairston, JR. (Cincinnati Reds); Such a thin position, it is hard to find a true diamond in the rough but Hairston would make a great fit on most fantasy teams. He has eligibility at several positions, so you know Dusty Baker is going to get him in the lineup somewhere. He has a little bit of pop in his bat but more importantly, has the ability to swipe a bag and make things happen. Hitting in front of Votto, Bruce, and Phillips should also get him pitches to hit as well as a lot of runs scored

Short Stop- Ben Zobrist (Tampa Bay Rays); All this guy needs is a chance. With the limited at bats he has been given thus far, things look great for this utility guy. 5 homers in 70 ABs with a .619 SLG! It looks like Iwamura will be done for the season with an ACL injury so this may be the time to pick him up. Definitely has 20-25 HR potential 

Third Base- Joe Crede (Minnesota Twins); It appears that Crede is finally getting comfortable in his new surroundings (.271 avg, 5 HR, 15 RBI, .576 SLG). With the revamped Cuddyer as well as the M and M boys hitting around him, Crede could have a great rest of the season, hitting 30 homers and driving in 90+.

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