2010 Fantasy Baseball Spring Training Watch: Avoid Freddy Sanchez?

Ray TannockSenior Analyst IMarch 4, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO - SEPTEMBER 16:  Freddy Sanchez #21 of the San Francisco Giants bats against the Colorado Rockies during their game at AT&T Park on September 16, 2009 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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While it is hard for us to disseminate reports that are speculative, it is still very noteworthy to keep abreast of them—considering just how much is going on right now in MLB.

Take, for instance, the report from The San Jose Mercury News .

It was reported by Andrew Baggarly—which by the way you should check out, it’s very informative—that he thinks Sanchez might not be ready by opening day, and could also spend some time in the minors.

For those of you toiling over the second base position, a position that is already skeletal, Freddy Sanchez is probably not on your top priority list, thanks largely in part to his subpar 2009 season, which looked a bit like this:

.293/.326/.416 with 7 HR, 41 RBI, 29 Doubles in 457 AB.

To be honest, Sanchez was highly touted last year despite being on a serious decline since 2007.

This offseason both the shoulder injury and knee injury were said to be on track for a full recovery by opening day; now it appears that may not be the case for the woeful throwback.

The other worthwhile mention here is the notion that Juan Uribe will more than likely take Sanchez’s place.

But what, if any, is the value of Uribe?

Well, the short answer is hardly anything at all.

Yes, Uribe has better numbers, but the guy is 30 years old and dealing with his own declination from higher ground.

Making things more interesting is the opening day series against the Astros.

OK, for those in standard league formats, this is probably not even worth mentioning, but there are still those of you in salary cap leagues.

Uribe could look like a very cheap and appetizing selection that could save you a buck or two for a high end bat at another position, but saving a dollar doesn’t always translate the way we want it to.

Career numbers for Uribe suggest that the Astros are one team you want to keep Uribe away from as he is a lifetime .236 hitter in 55 AB against Houston.

Not very much to trust there even if he is a shear bargain.

Uribe will show himself here and there to be a good fill-in replacement for those of you who are frugal, but if you want to really cash in on his value, you may want to wait until September where he traditionally heats up.

As for Sanchez, though, his days as a fantasy consideration are basically over in this writer’s opinion, and you would be better off avoiding him at all cost.

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