We are a little over a week into the 2017 baseball season. If you’re playing fantasy baseball, you’re still trying to figure out your roster. Should I cut bait with Byron Buxton? Should I pick up someone who started out red hot?
We look at some players who started out hot, some who are struggling and maybe some guys who should be targeted in your free agent pool.
Before I begin, let’s go over the F/M/K terminology. The guys that I list under “F*ck” are guys that are currently hot and you need to pick them up. “Marry”, are guys that you need to stick with the whole season, even if they are struggling a bit. “Kill”, are guys that need to be dropped for better players in the free agent pool.
It’s important to know which current young MLB players that are now out of minor league options. If they are struggling, they can’t demote him unless they first put him on waivers. It would make him available for any MLB team to claim him and take on their contract. Some good players do get through waivers, but it’s due to their contract being too big to take on.
A notable player that could be affected is Dylan Bundy (Orioles) who struggled with injuries in the minors. He was once a top prospect, so the Orioles will try to keep him on the 25-man roster. He will be given every opportunity to improve while on the Major League roster.
I need to give a huge shoutout to MLBTradeRumors.com for this list. It consists of players with less than five years of serve time and are out of minor league options.
The Washington Nationals bounced back after a forgettable 2015 season. They won the AL East by eight games, but lost to the Dodgers 3-2 in the NLDS.
The Nationals realized their current roster wasn’t good enough to take their team to the next level, so they made one of the biggest trades of the Winter. They sent some good prospects to the White Sox for outfielder Adam Eaton. A trade that brings them talent and a player who is under team control until 2020.
The Nationals were unable to retain closer Mark Melancon this offseason. Will have issues closing games in 2017?
Here is the 2017 MLB season preview for the Washington Nationals.
The Toronto Blue Jays had another impressive season in 2016. They keep adding to their stacked lineup and some of their young pitchers are developing into consistent hurlers.
The Blue Jays arguably have the best offense in baseball. Their lineup is loaded with power hitters who have contended for homer run titles. They did lose one of them to free agency and I’m not sure they did enough this offseason to replace Edwin Encarnacion’s production.
Can Aaron Sanchez repeat his consistent performance from a season ago?
Here is the 2017 MLB season preview for the Toronto Blue Jays.
The Texas Rangers manager Jeff Banister has won the AL West in both of his first two seasons at the helm. They have been a tour de force on offense and has gotten by with their pitching. Their bullpen has actually been one of the best in the Majors and have bailed out the back-end of their rotation many times a year ago.
The Tampa Bay Rays are stuck in the wrong division. They are clearly just trying to get younger and rebuild, but the rest of the AL East are stocking up for possible a playoff run. The Rays are the odd team out.
The Rays have a roster that will make them competitive in most games, but they should probably start moving some assets and stock up on young players. They could get a nice return for flamethrower Chris Archer. I doubt they would move Evan Longoria, but they could get the biggest return with him since he has team-friendly contract. Probably another reason why the Rays will never move him.
Will the Rays be sellers at the deadline this season or will they keep adding role players?
Here is the 2017 MLB season preview for the Tampa Bay Rays.
For the first time since 2010, the St. Louis Cardinals found themselves sitting at home watching the playoffs. They fell a single-game short of a Wild Card spot. St. Louis knew they had to make some changes if they were going to keep up with the Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers and Washington Nationals.
The Cardinals needed to get some new faces on the team, so they let outfielder Matt Holliday and pitcher Jaime Garcia both walk via free agency. That freed up a spot to sign Dexter Fowler, who is fresh off willing the World Series. Also, Garcia’s departure opens up a rotation spot for a young arm.
Do the Cardinals stand their ground or do they try to make a big move in an attempt to stay with the Cubs?
Here is the 2017 MLB season preview for the St Louis Cardinals.