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Wrap-Up: Jose Reyes Waived
So once again its been one of those days where baseball action itself was so meh that it is off the field news that makes the headline of this article. Jose Reyes has been waived with intent to unconditional release by the Colorado Rockies and someone this is likely to lead to him having fantasy value. Someone is going to want to take a shot on Reyes no matter the bad press etc. because if Reyes helps them win a championship then people will forget how they did it as time goes forward. On the field we had a two home run outing from a stud outfielder and we had a top five outfielder hit a rare home run.
The intention of this article is to sum up the real key fantasy standouts from each day in a bite size chunk for you to read on your commute or over your coffee. However, fantasy isn’t all that will feature here as any crazy plays or fantastic punches will also get there mention here. There won’t be any significant detail here but be sure to contact the team on @60ftpodcast if you want more analysis on certain players. Also check out Fake Pigskin’s 60 Feet 6 Inches podcast on iTunes and Stitcher for more updates and help winning your fantasy baseball league.
I am also adding a transaction report when a relevant set of transactions occur. We are in the period where we could see a lot of prospects get the call and my aim is to keep you all updated on the major ones and give an estimation of how long-term the promotion is.
Jose Reyes placed on waivers with a view to unconditional release. This has little initial impact as Reyes has been in the minors of the Colorado system. However, going forward whether he is claimed or released he could have fantasy value going forward if someone is willing to take a chance on him this year. For fantasy purposes he has left the haven of fantasy value and so no matter where he signs his value is less than it would be if he was playing in Coors.
1. Cruz hits two bombs
Nelson Cruz went deep twice in Seattle’s loss to Detroit yesterday. Cruz has been extremely under the radar this season but he now has 18 home runs at a 0.282 average which keeps him on pace to go close to 40 home runs. Cruz is still a solid top 15 fantasy option who is a safe bet right now for both power and average.
2. Same old story for Shields
After four innings people were starting to whisper that maybe James Shields had regained his mojo but then in the fifth innings he gave up three earned runs and the same old narrative of unreliability was restored. Shields has become droppable in pretty much all shallow leagues until he shows some signs of being able to pitch with control.
3. Stanton homers
Lets not sugar coat it its been a horrible season for Giancarlo Stanton. In just 60 more AB’s last season he had 13 more home runs and hit 0.040 higher than he is in 2016. Stanton owners will be desperately hoping he can turn it around. If you need to take a flyer to try and win your league then Stanton is a guy I would be looking to try and buy low on hoping he works it all out.
4. Willson Contreras has staying power
Willson Contreras is hitting .385 with 2 home runs and 5 RBI since joining the Chicago Cubs. It seemed like it may be a shorter stint in the major leagues however he is seeing time at multiple positions. He will get time at first base to give Anthony Rizzo time off. Joe Maddon also said there are potential starts for him in the outfield. He can be a top 5ish catcher the rest of the way.
5. Homer Bailey could re-join the Reds rotation post All-Star break.
The Cincinnati Reds are in need of Rotation help and could add Homer Bailey back to the rotation. He is currently making rehab starts in AAA. Bailey will make 5 starts total over the next few weeks. Be cautious with Bailey however, he was pulled back in April when he experienced elbow soreness. If the reds orginization are worried about him they may push his timetable back again. Bailey was pitching well before the injury and could be worth a look in deeper formats.
6. Vincent Velasquez will start Monday for the Phillies
The Philadelphia Phillies will have Vincent Velasquez back in the rotation come Monday against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He is available in 40% of Yahoo leagues and is definitely worth an add if you have a spot. He has 73 strikeouts in 62.1 innings with and ERA under 4 at this point. That can help fantasy owners down the stretch especially if you avoid dangerous outings.
7. Keep an eye on Michael Conforto
The New York Mets’ Michael Conforto slammed into the wall on Thursday chasing down a fly ball. He remained in the game which is a good sign but im not sure he is out of the woods yet. He bruised his knee cap and I wouldn’t be shocked if he is not in the lineup the next couple days. The Mets are typically patient with their young potential stars.