Trade-Aholic Tidbits: Buy Low, Sell High Candidates After Two Weeks

John ZaktanskyCorrespondent IApril 21, 2010

DETROIT - APRIL 11:  Justin Verlander #46 of the Detroit Tigers pitches in the first inning against the Cleveland Indians on April 11, 2010 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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Last week’s introduction to the weekly buy low, sell high feature was a well-read post, and for good reason … we’re all looking for an edge in our respective leagues as we keep one eye on our own rosters and another on the standings.

Even if it is only the start of the third week of regular season play.

Some of the following names you saw last week. Others are new. We’d love to hear your comments on these guys below.


Buy Low

He made this list last week as a top-level guy who got off to a typically slow start. For Mark Teixeira , week two wasn’t so great, either. As in still no homers and just five RBI and runs scored in two weeks of play.  

As I said last week, only the most fickle of fantasy owners would considering dealing big Teix after just two weeks of poor play, especially for a player who historically starts a season slowly. However, at this point, it may be worth putting a trade feeler out.

Fantasy owners rejoiced when Jose Reyes returned from the DL last weekend as many thought they had stolen a top-level shortstop a few rounds later than fair value in their respective drafts.

However, Reyes hasn’t exactly been setting the world on fire so far. Two runs scored, nine strikeouts and not a single stolen base? Somewhere, in some league, someone is starting to sweat a little. Maybe not enough to deal Reyes, but enough to start entertaining offers for future reference.

Carlos Lee has yet to hit a homer. Heck, he has yet to drive in a single run and is batting a disappointing .116. Those who visited chinstrapninja-land before the season started read how we expected Lee not to live up to most ADP estimates. However, he is better than this, Juicy Juice or not.

Justin Verlander was mentioned here last week, and continues to be a potential buy-low candidate. He is sporting a 6.88 ERA and just 15 strikeouts per 17 innings pitched. That will change and he will find himself on an AL Cy Young pace soon.

It hurts when I Peavy…and when I see the White Sox hurler’s ERA balloon to the 6.00 level. He has struggled to adjust to regular-season action, but give him some more time. Jake Peavy was away from the mound for a while and is still adjusting to the AL.


Sell High

Da llas Braden’s 2.70 ERA and 16 strikeouts have been a nice surprise overall so far this season, but call me a skeptic that he can keep up the pace for a full regular season. At some point, the young pitcher will be facing some adversity on the mound, and it could derail his stats for a period of time.

Some are shocked at the amazingly good stats this week by Jose Guillen . However, he’s always been able to produce when healthy. The problem is staying that way. He’s a streaky option that is worth some serious trade discussion before his bat cools.

Last season, Magglio Ordonez didn’t hit his fourth home run of the season until July 4. This year, he hit his fourth long ball this past Saturday. Ordonez has plenty of name value for those familiar with baseball despite some of his struggles the past couple seasons.

His hot start will likely get people excited about his potential for this season. While he could hit 20 homers this year, I’d still like to move him for a younger option with a bigger ceiling.

To see even more sell high, buy low candidates, check out the rest of this article here.

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