Deep League Waiver Wire: Josh Hamilton Replacement Edition

Surprise, surprise, Josh Hamilton is hurt again. Yesterday, Eno Sarris outlined what the Rangers are likely to do in terms of divvying up playing time in Hamilton’s absence. David Murphy is a potential replacement for your fantasy team, but he is likely to already be owned in deep leagues. As a result, I have decided to ignore him and provide some other outfield options for those owners struggling to replace Hamilton’s production.

*I went into this post hoping to discuss three alternatives, but wow the pickings are slim at 10% or less owned on CBS! So here are two instead that actually have the potential to accumulate more than like two at-bats per week.

Michael Saunders | 3% Owned

Playing time is a concern, and will be even more so when Franklin Gutierrez returns, but what can you expect for a guy owned in only 3% of leagues?! Oh, and he cannot hit the outside pitch. So the positives? He has some power and some speed and is only a Milton Bradley injury or blowup away from seeing increased at-bats. He does strike out way too much for a hitter with his power, so he is not going to help your batting average. There are few guys, however, that possess as solid a power/speed combo as Saunders does that are floating around in a deep league’s free agent pool.

Corey Patterson | 1% Owned

That Corey Patterson? Yup. He always seems to find a way to pop up in random cities. With Rajai Davis having just been placed on the DL, Patterson will receive most of the starts in center field, while hitting, gulp, second in the lineup. For a hitter with a career .292 OBP, are managers really that ignorant about how a team scores runs? Okay, so I seem to always get off on a tangent about how bad I think most managers are at making on-field decisions. Time to revert back to the task at hand and try to mention some of the positives future C-Pat owners could benefit from. Patterson is not all that different than Saunders actually. He has some power and pretty good speed, but with a career 22.5% K% and .253 batting average, is unlikely to contribute in that category. The good news though is that low batting average is fueled by just a league average .297 BABIP, so there is room for some good fortune here that could lead to a favorable average for your fantasy team.

The bottom line is that in a deep league where you are unlikely to hold anyone worthwhile on your bench to fill in for Hamilton, it is going to be tough to find a player who will even garner regular playing time, let alone contribute positively in that playing time. It might be time to try working the phone lines and convincing the Shin-Soo Choo owner that he may actually hit below .200 all season.

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Mike Podhorzer produces player projections using his own forecasting system and is the author of the eBook Projecting X: How to Forecast Baseball Player Performance, which teaches you how to project players yourself. His projections helped him win the inaugural 2013 Tout Wars mixed draft league. He also sells beautiful photos through his online gallery, Pod's Pics. Follow Mike on Twitter @MikePodhorzer and contact him via email.

8 Responses to “Deep League Waiver Wire: Josh Hamilton Replacement Edition”

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  1. jaywrong says:

    i think casper wells could be a good option as well. just put in a buck bid in hopes of him doing something the next couple of months. there just isn’t much out there…

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    • Mike Podhorzer says:

      I like Casper Wells, but he’s had a grand total of 6 plate appearances all season, so he isn’t much of an option at the moment unfortunately.

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  2. donnie baseball says:

    hey who was the genius Seattle fan writer who told everybody not to draft Pineda?


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    • jaywrong says:

      who is the goof who thinks an entire two games started is predictive of what is to come next?


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    • Jaejo says:

      Did he say not to? I just remember hearing that Pineda will tend to struggle against lefties, which is true. You have to add a word of caution for every young rookie.

      Otherwise, every 1B prospect is always the next Pujols, every SP rookie is always the next Pedro. If you think like that, then you’ll be shocked!.. ENRAGED!!!… when they don’t produce some quoted number and/or are merely above average. If you have/could have had Pineda, you would need to take both of his highs AND his lows. Strange things happen in small sample sizes.

      I don’t remember hearing how this relates to Josh Hamilton’s Replacement though.

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      • Mike Podhorzer says:

        Speaking of the Mariners, I considered throwing Ryan Langerhans into the post because he is starting every day for the time being and is actually hitting. But once Gutierrez returns, and Langerhans remembers that he’s actually an awful hitter, he’ll revert to being worthless. At least that’s what I assume will happen.

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    • matthew.bart says:

      shut the fck up Donnie

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  3. symonds says:

    Saunders is worth watching – his last few games he’s started, he has been able to cover the outer half of the plate. He had a couple of base hits to left and a couple more hard hit balls to the opposite field. Hard to say how much playing time he gets when Franklin comes back, but with Bradley’s contract up at the end of the year, it makes more sense for the Ms to see what they have in Saunders.

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