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Fantasy Sleepers: Out of Options

With spring training winding down, all eyes are on the waiver wire as Major League Baseball teams scramble to find the best mix for their Opening Day, 25-man rosters. As such, players with no minor-league options remaining are particularly vulnerable this time of year. Below, we've listed the eight most likely players to break camp on Major League rosters - even if it's not with the club they're currently playing for - that could have a positive impact on your fantasy baseball roster in 2010.

For an entire list of players out of options in 2010, visit MLB Trade Rumors.

Bobby Wilson | Catcher | Los Angeles Angels

Unless Mike Napoli or Jeff Mathis suffers an injury, Wilson doesn't have a spot on the Angels' 25-man roster, which is too bad. He's turning 27 shortly and has more than proven himself both offensively and defensively in the upper levels of the minor leagues. Wilson has the potential to hit for a respectable batting average for a catcher, along with line-drive power. With just 17 at-bats this spring, Los Angeles may be trying to hide him in the hopes of slipping him through waivers.

Brayan Pena | Catcher | Kansas City Royals

Pena proved last season in the Majors what he'd shown in the minors: He can hit. Not a great defensive catcher, Pena was used behind the plate just 30 times as the club's third-string catcher in ‘09. He'll likely serve as the No. 2 guy behind Jason Kendall this season; with the veteran's decline in offense and increasing age (35), Pena could see more action in 2010. Expect a good batting average and slightly-above-average pop.

Dana Eveland | Left-Handed Pitcher | Toronto Blue Jays

Eveland seems to have more lives than a cat. Just 26, the left-hander has seemingly been around forever and his next MLB club will be his fourth. After making 29 so-so starts with Oakland in '08 (4.09 FIP), Eveland has looked good in the Toronto 'pen this spring and he even has an outside shot at the club's No. 5 starter role. The southpaw has always had potential, but his lack of conditioning has held him back.

Mitch Talbot | Right-Handed Pitcher | Cleveland Indians

After getting stuck behind higher profile arms in Tampa Bay, Talbot may finally have some luck with the young Indians staff. The right-hander has posted some impressive triple-A numbers over the past three seasons but he missed significant time in '09 and made just 15 starts. Now healthy, Talbot is continuing to show good command/control while posting a 1.04 ERA in 11.1 spring innings. The 26-year-old pitcher has a big league arm.

Tyler Clippard | Right-Handed Pitcher | Washington Nationals

Clippard has some similarities to Talbot and he's also in a reflective situation with the Nationals. The 25-year-old right-hander made 41 relief appearances with Washington in '09 and he should have a bullpen spot sewn up for 2010, as well (despite some control issues this spring). Keep an eye on him, though, as he could end up with some spot starts due to questionable pitching depth in the organization. Clippard gave up just 36 hits in 60.1 innings last season.

Sean Gallagher | Right-Handed Pitcher | San Diego Padres

It's been a rough spring for Gallagher, who is just 24 years old but already out of options. With pitchers like Wade LeBlanc and Mat Latos setting the world on fire, the right-hander is likely headed for a long-relief stint in the bullpen. Don't forget about Gallagher, though. Still young, he has a big, strong pitcher's body and he's shown better command/control in the minors than he showed last season in the Majors. Add in the fact that his new home is in San Diego and his fly-ball tendencies should be less damaging.

Homer Bailey | Right-Handed Pitcher | Cincinnati Reds

Oh, how the mighty prospect has fallen. Bailey was once the cream-of-the-crop when it came to pitching prospects but he fell on hard times in '07 and '08. He made 20 big league starts in '09 but was inconsistent. The right-hander has had pretty good results this spring, although the 3 Ks in 11.2 innings is a bit worrisome - especially for a guy whose fastball sits around 94 mph. If he can continue to make strides with his slider, Bailey could develop into a real sleeper.

Sergio Santos | Right-Handed Pitcher | Chicago White Sox

Santos is one of the biggest high-risk, high-reward players in the game right now. The former shortstop gave up hitting after topping out at triple-A and being given up on by Arizona, Toronto, and Minnesota. With a rocket arm, Chicago moved him to the mound and has been reaping the benefits ever since. Although he's still raw on the mound, Santos' options are gone and the 26-year-old hurler could open the year with the Sox thanks to a blazing fastball that has seen him strike out 11 batters in 6.2 innings of work. His five walks are definitely a concern, but Chicago loves hard-throwing relievers and Santos could help out AL-only squads with his big strikeout numbers and even some vulture wins.


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