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Good Catchers Lacking Playing Time

Catchers with 20 home run power are rare, but two such players are mostly riding the pine so far this year: Mike Napoli and Chris Iannetta.  Consider trying to acquire them if you've got second catcher problems in a mixed league.

This is a good opportunity to buy low on either player.  In a two-catcher league, if you let the second spot go on draft day, you might be tempted to piece things together with the Jason Kendalls and Gregg Zauns of the world.  This is a big mistake.  A dozen additional home runs on your ledger at season's end - what kind of difference would that make in the standings?  In the RotoAuthority league last year, second place had 306 home runs and fifth place had 297.  Three points in the standings is a big deal, and Napoli and Iannetta will provide more RBIs than waiver catchers as well.

That's not considering the very real possibility that Napoli and/or Iannetta is thrust into more frequent duty.  Chris Snyder would've been on this list, but Miguel Montero went down.  Dioner Navarro became a full-timer with Kelly Shoppach's injury. 

In this year's RotoAuthority league, I drafted Geovany Soto in the 10th round but foolishly let my second catcher go until a 25th round pick of Ramon Hernandez.  A leaguemate proposed sending me Iannetta for Joel Pineiro, and I pulled the trigger.  Seems like a trade that can work for both sides.


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