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Fantasy Baseball 2012: Isolated Red Flags (Infielders)

Miguel Cabrera posted MVP-type numbers for the Tigers last year (30 HRs/105 RBIs/111 runs), including a career-best .344 batting average.
Miguel Cabrera posted MVP-type numbers for the Tigers last year (30 HRs/105 RBIs/111 runs), including a career-best .344 batting average.Leon Halip/Getty Images
Jay ClemonsFantasy Sports Lead WriterMarch 6, 2012

As part of the evaluation process for veteran infielders in 2012, let's appease the fantasy cynics with a list of noteworthy statistical anomalies, or isolated red flags from last season:

Mike Napoli: Don't expect ... 30 HRs or 1.046 OPS
Miguel Montero: Don't expect ... 86 RBIs
Miguel Olivo: Don't expect ... 19 homers
Alex Avila: Don't expect ... 4 triples

First Base
Mark Teixeira: Don't expect ... 4 steals (and probably 39 HRs)
Adrian Gonzalez: Don't expect ... .338 batting average
Michael Morse: Don't expect ... .303 average
Eric Hosmer: Don't expect ... 11 steals
Miguel Cabrera: Don't expect ... .344 average
Albert Pujols: Don't expect ... 9 steals

Second Base
Dustin Pedroia: Don't expect ... 91 RBIs
Ian Kinsler: Don't expect ... 121 runs
Aaron Hill: Don't expect ... 21 steals
Howard Kendrick: Don't expect ... 18 homers
Darwin Barney: Don't expect ... 66 runs
Alexi Casilla: Don't expect ... 15 steals
Omar Infante: Don't expect ... 8 triples
Orlando Hudson: Don't expect ... 19 steals

Third Base
Edwin Encarnacion: Don't expect ... .272 batting average
Danny Valencia: Don't expect ... 139 hits
Wilson Betemit: Don't expect ... 4 triples
Eduardo Nunez: Don't expect ... 22 steals
Ryan Roberts: Don't expect ... 19 homers

J.J. Hardy: Don't expect ... 30 homers
Erick Aybar: Don't expect ... 30 steals
Starlin Castro: Don't expect ... 207 hits
Asdrubal Cabrera: Don't expect ... 25 homers
Jose Reyes: Don't expect ... .337 batting average
Yuniesky Betancourt: Don't expect ... 68 RBIs
Jamey Carroll: Don't expect ... 6 triples
Jimmy Rollins: Don't expect ... 30 steals

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