This article should be called Tulowitzki Two for obvious reasons. For starters, one of the top three second baseman just landed on the DL with a broken foot.
Second, this position, like shortstop, has very few elite players on top, and then a tremendous drop-off in talent and statistical production. It’s important to remember that replacing this kind of player for the long run is a difficult task.
So let’s approach this a little differently than we did with Tulo because it doesn’t sound like Pedroia will be out as long. What we want to find here, in not so many words, is rent-a-player to fill the void of Pedroia’s absence. I’ve done the research as usual, you make the choice and take credit for all the success.
Here is a look at what we lost, what we need to replace, and a base to build from:
Dustin Pedroia (Season): 52 Runs- 12 HR- 41 RBI- 8 SBs- .292 BA (295 AB)
(Month): 19 Runs – 4 HR - 16 RBI - 6 SB - .330 BA (103 AB)
The following players can be found on your free agent/waiver wire and will be welcome additions to your battered lineup: (Statistics for the past 30 days displayed)
Freddy Sanchez SF: 16 Runs – 1 HR – 15 RBI – 0 SB - .330 BA
Welcome back to the bigs, Freddy. He may be the spark the Giants needed to take a leap in the West. Very consistent.
Jose Lopez SEA: 15 Runs - 3 HR - 11 RBIs - 0 SB - .287 BA
I’ve promoted Lopez a lot this season, but many have waited and he sits available in over half of fantasy leagues. No guts, no glory.
Neil Walker PIT: 16 Runs - 3 HRs - 11 RBIs - 2 SB - .288 BA
Here is one of those players that you put on your watch list and wait for him to slow down, but he never does. Will you be the last to leap?
Mike Aviles KC: 15 Runs - 0 HRs - 7 RBIs - 1 SB - .286 BA
Runs, runs, and more runs. Mike is an excellent table-setter and gets around the bases quickly.
Carlos Guillen DET: 10 Runs - 4 HRs - 13 RBIs - 0 SB - .264 BA
When he is healthy I’d put Carlos as the No. 1 replacement. But he gets banged up a lot, and that type of risk is not what we need from an injury replacement player.
Clint Barmes COL: 8 Runs - 1 HR - 12 RBIs - 2 SBs - .263 BA
Clint has a history of playing very well when given a short-term starting role. His continued utility role in Colorado relies on this opportunity.