Milton Bradley: Fourth in the Majors In Hitting? Sell! Sell! Sell!

Joe KleiberCorrespondent IJune 12, 2008

No player has been hotter than Texas Rangers' outfielder Milton Bradley. All Bradley has done in June is: .400 avg., six HR, 14 RBI, 16 R, four SB. As great as these numbers have been, we all know Bradley's injury-plagued past as well as his temper tantrums and tirades.

The last time Bradley has even played over 100 games was 2004 for the Angels in which he played 144. Since then, not counting this year, he's played in just 242 games total!

If somebody makes you an offer for Bradley, and it's a guy like the struggling Alex Rios, do it in a heartbeat.

Bradley has already shown signs of an anger outburst after attempting to go after Royals' announcer Ryan Lefebrve in the clubhouse! All Lefebrve said was that Bradley should admit to his mistakes in the past like Josh Hamilton has.

Bradley is a loose cannon and one that you don't want to be a part of come playoff time. What are other players to trade and target?



Buy low: Ryan Doumit (C PIT) .365, nine HR, 22 RBI, 26 R

If Doumit was dropped by impatient owners in your league, grab him now before it's too late. Since returning from the D.L., Doumit has hit .400! Catcher is one the weakest positions in baseball and Doumit could be waiver wire gold.

Sell high: Jorge Posada (C NYY) .296, two HR, 14 RBI, 10 R

Posada hasn't exactly been red-hot at the plate, but there are plenty of Yankees' fans in every fantasy league, so see if you can trade him now. Remind them of his year last year and his stats now, despite being injured.

The fact that Posada has already missed time and said he will opt for surgery after the season means that you can't rely on him. He's now 36 and will be 37 soon. Trade him now before it's too late.


First Base

Buy low: Prince Fielder (1B MIL) .274, ten HR, 33 RBI, 33 R

Prince has been off to a slow start this year and has been incredibly streaky. Now is the time to trade for him. Prince is bound to take off at some point and will finish with numbers similar to last year.

The Brewers' young offense is one the best in the league. Now that Corey Hart is leading off and Braun is continuing his success from last year, he will drive in quite a bit of runs. Convince an owner to trade him now before you regret it.

Sell high: Kevin Youkilis (1B BOS) .295, nine HR, 39 RBI, 40 R, three SB

"Youk", as Red Sox fans like to call him, got off to a great start this year, very much like last year. His stats are incredible right now, but it's a known fact he struggles in the second half.

Last year: .328 pre-All-Star-break .238 after. 2006: .297 pre-break and .258 after. Trade him to a Sox fan or to an owner in need of a first baseman now before he falls off after the break.


Second Base

Buy low: Brian Roberts (2B BAL) .278, four HR, 24 RBI, 35 R, 18 SB

Roberts got off to a slow start this year, much like teammate Nick Markakis. He hit .267 in April and .253 in May. In June he is hitting .326 with four SB, six RBI and five R. Those numbers can't go anywhere but up now.

The Orioles' offense isn't as bad as you'd think. They have scored 278 runs, which isn't great, but with Markakis heating up, the offense should start scoring more runs. I traded Micah Owings straight up for Roberts in one league. Trade for Roberts now.

Sell high: Mark DeRosa (2B, 3B, OF, CHC) .313, eight HR, 35 RBI, 40 R, three SB

DeRosa is a classic candidate for selling high because he's never hit more than 13 HR in a season, and his career high for RBI is 74. While he can help you in multiple positions, trade him to a team desperate for a second baseman. He's not likely to keep up the HR pace or even hit .300 this season. Trade now.


Third Base

Buy low: Miguel Cabrera (1B, 3B DET) .278, eight HR, 38 RBI, 29 R

If you can get Cabrera for just about anybody right now, I would do it. The Tigers' offense is way too powerful to continue to struggle this season, and Cabrera is ready to explode.

He already has seven RBI this month while hitting .289.  He will end the season hitting close to .300 with over 30 homers and 100 RBI. Get him now before it's too late.

Sell high: Mark Reynolds (3B AZ) .258, 15 HR, 43 RBI, 44 R, five SB

Reynolds got off to an amazing start: .255, seven HR, and 24 RBI in April. He followed it with .233, four HR, eight RBI in May. In June, he is hitting .342, four HR, 11 RBI.

Sell now. He is way too streaky and is hitting just .236 vs. right-handers. His home/road splits are eye-popping as well: .301 at home compared to .220 on the road. He also has 77 K's vs. just 25 BB. Those numbers should tell the story. Trade him now while he's hot.


Short Stop

Buy low: Derek Jeter (SS NYY) .272, three HR, 27 RBI, 33 R, four SB

Jeter has not had a typical Jeter-type season so far, but you know the guy will end with one. All Jeter has done in his career is hit .316 with 2421 hits! This Yankee offense has been hot and should continue that way with A-Rod and Posada back in the lineup.

Giambi, Damon, and Matsui are also having terrific years so far. If you can trade a guy like Guzman or Theriot for Jeter, don't even think about it. Convince an owner that he's getting "too old" before it's too late.

Sell high: Christian Guzman (SS Was) .314, five HR, 24 RBI, 42 R, three SB

Guzman is off to his best start in years and is making something out of nothing in a very poor Washington Nationals' offense. It's also his contract year and he is a career .266 hitter. He has never hit more than ten HR in a season or played in 162 games. He is also 30-years-old. Trade him now.



Buy low: Alex Rios (OF Tor) .268, three HR, 25 RBI, 36 R, 15 SB

Rios got off to a nice start, hitting .306 in April, but followed that with .231 in May. He has not shown the type of power we all thought he could show, but it's still early. He hit a career-high 24 last year, but only three this year.

Something tells me the Blue Jays are a team on the rise. With the addition of Vernon Wells back to the lineup and a healthy Scott Rolen, Rios should take-off soon.

Sell high: Nate McLouth (OF PIT) .304, 14 HR, 46 RBI, 52 R, seven SB

McLouth has been one of the biggest surprises this season and has been waiver wire gold thus far. Don't let the stats fool you though, if somebody offers you a guy like Rios or Carl Crawford for him.

He's a career .262 hitter and the Pirates' offense will not continue it's success so far. He's been incredible, but now is the time to trade him.


Starting Pitcher

Buy low: Aaron Harang (SP CIN) 2-9 4.31 ERA, 82 Ks, 20 BBs, 1.33 WHIP

To say Harang has struggled so far is an understatement. He has a 7.94 ERA in June. Before you look at the struggles, look at his numbers from last year; 16-6, 3.73 ERA, 218 Ks, 52 BBs.

Yes he does pitch in a homer-friendly park in Cincinnati and for a poor team, but he will produce like last year at some point. If you can pull off a trade for a frustrated owner, do it.

Sell high: Ryan Dempster (SP CHC) 8-2, 2.81 ERA, 75 Ks, 35 BBs, 1.06 WHIP

Dempster has had a career year so far on a high-scoring Cubs' team with a strong bullpen. Dont' let the numbers fool you however. His career ERA is 4.69 and he has never won more than 15 games in his career.

His numbers have been a mirage so far and don't expect them to continue. Trade him now while he's hot.


Relief Pitcher

Buy low: Salomon Torres (RP MIL) 4-1, 2.50 ERA, seven S, 26 Ks, 15 BBs, 1.25 WHIP

If Torres is available in your league, or somebody is willing to trade him, grab him. Brewers' manager Ned Yost has said he may keep Torres in the closer's role even when Eric Gagne returns from the D.L..

He has been outstanding in the role so far with seven saves and hasn't blown a save since Gagne went down. Unless Yost is brainwashed by Gagne to put him back in the closer's role, Torres should stay there all year. Grab him now.

Sell high: Brian Fuentes (RP COL) 1-2, 2.36 ERA, nine S, 24 Ks, eight BBs, 1.13 WHIP

Fuentes has taken over the closer's role for the Rockies after Manny Corpas struggled. But the Rockies' season has taken a nose-dive. They will be forced to trade him to a team like the Yankees because his contract is up after the season.

He will lose all value if that happens. If you are a Fuentes owner, pick up Taylor Buchholz (2-2, 1.62 ERA, one S in 29 G). Buchholz should take over for Fuentes after he is traded.


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