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Monday, May 2, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL INJURY FALLOUT: J.J. HARDY FOOT FRACTURE RE-JIGGERS BALTIMORE INFIELD

While he has almost zero fantasy baseball at this late stage of his career, the foot fracture that will put Baltimore Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy on the shelf for the next 6-8 weeks has changed the look of the left side of the team's infield.  Specifically speaking, uber-talented Manny Machado will now likely shift from third base to shortstop where he played a bit at the end of last season which gave him the unbelievably valuable eligibility there.  Machado is gold no matter where he plays and already this season he is putting himself in Mike Trout-Bryce Harper territory with his five category superstar production.  Throw in his eligibility at the most shallow spot on the diamond at shortstop and Machado it came be argued is THE most valuable player in fantasy baseball.  In addition to Machado moving over, Pedro Alvarez will get dusted off and play on an every day basis at third base.  Previous to Hardy's injury, Alvarez was a semi-regular which added to the idea his career is already spiraling down when he should still be in his prime.  Dogged by constant high K rates that ruined his batting average and overshadowed some very impressive power, Alvarez now has some newfound value for those looking for a power boost. 

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