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Buy Low Candidates

Your mileage on this will vary.  In some leagues you will find buy low opportunities already, while in others people are wary of being duped based on tiny samples.

  • Julio Borbon is 1 for 25 with no steals.  I still think he can hit .290 with 90 runs and 40 steals from here on out, though his playing time will slip if he keeps this up.
  • Travis Snider is 3 for 28 with no home runs.  That feels silly to write...we're talking about less than 5% of his season here.  Could still hit 25 HR.
  • Mark Teixeira, Adam Dunn, and Carlos Lee are hitting .111, and it doesn't mean anything to me.  Nate McLouth and Hunter Pence are in a similar range.
  • You may be able to pry Chris Coghlan loose, since he was only a 19th-round pick in the first place.
  • I don't love David Ortiz, but it's way too early to give up on him.  There still might be 30 HR in there.
  • Alexei Ramirez, Juan Pierre, Jay Bruce - I'm really just reading off the batting average trailers.  If you liked them two weeks ago you should like them now.
  • You'll find people worrying about Mike Napoli, who has only nine plate appearances.  Jeff Mathis came in with a projected line of .218/.290/.345; if he falls into that range his defense won't be enough to keep Napoli down.
  • Closers are trickier - Mike Gonzalez, Frank Francisco, and potentially Jason Frasor have already been ousted.  All three are worth rostering, especially Gonzalez.  The O's don't have a great backup plan and will want to save face after committing $12MM.
  • Justin Verlander's had two subpar starts, but I don't think anyone's giving up on him.  He had a 6.75 ERA in April last year; hope for a repeat.  I'd be willing to buy on Jake Peavy and Wandy Rodriguez, but I'm more skeptical on Jair Jurrjens and Ervin Santana.


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