Wednesday, February 24, 2016


Already with spring training just underway, various managers around the game have shared some surprising lineup and position news regarding some big-name hitters.  These are always of importance when it comes to fantasy baseball as a move around the diamond can add positional versatility while also adding overall value.  So with that said let's check in on some of these news-worth items.

Miguel Cabrera:  Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus dropped a sizable fantasy baseball position bomb early Wednesday when he suggested that first baseman Miguel Cabrera could start at third base during the opening two-game series against the Miami Marlins using NL rules.  Under those rules, there would be no DH for Victor Martinez.  Alas, Martinez would start at first base against Miami with Cabrera going to third.  This of course carries some significant fantasy baseball importance as Cabrera would then be just three games started of gaining eligibility at third base where his monster bat carries even more value.  Those who use a 20 game benchmark will have top wait longer but it is interesting to see that Ausmus is using the lineup this way.  This could suggest Cabrera will be the third baseman in NL rules and eligibility in all leagues could be achieved by May.  While Cabrera is a top tier fantasy baseball bat both at first and third, the lesser depth at the latter makes him a better overall value there.  Something to surely keep an eye on during the early part of the season. 

Carlos Santana:  Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona dropped a surprise of his own on Tuesday when he suggested that first baseman/third baseman Carlos Santana could be the team's everyday leadoff hitter.  With no obvious leadoff guy on the team, Francona cited Santana's always high OBP (.365 last season due to a very high walk rate) that makes him a good fit there.  Of course the narrative with Santana is that he lost most of his fantasy baseball value when he ceded catcher eligibility in 2015 and that remains true.  While he does get on base at a high clip, Santana's has big holes in his swing that result in a ton of strikeouts and annual batting averages that are very shaky in the .240-.260 range.  Thus without the catcher eligibility, Santana is nothing but a backup guy both at first and third base no matter where he bats in the order. 


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