July 16, 2010

It's a long season; let us guide you through all of the potential names on the wire who can help your team. For more fantasy analysis, check out Sandlot Shrink.com.

Chris Davis, Texas Rangers -- Davis, 24, was called back up to play first base. He won't hit for any kind of average but could smack a few homers in the second half. If you need some power and can afford to absorb a .220 batting average, then this is the guy for you. He is eligible at first and third base. He is batting .354 with 10 homers and 56 RBI in 263 at-bats at AAA Oklahoma City but just .170 with no homers and two RBIs for Texas. Grade C

Yunel Escobar, Toronto Blue Jays -- Escobar, 27, was acquired from the Braves over the break and has some offensive potential despite struggling in the NL this year (.238 with no home runs). Grade C+

Mike Gonzalez, Baltimore Orioles -- Gonzalez should be activated at some point next week, as he topped out at 93 mph while on rehab. The Os said they would break him in slowly, but Alfredo Simon has the closer's job for now. He could be eased back into the closer's role depending on how both of them look. If you are desperate for a closer, take a flier. Grade C+

Alex Gonzalez, Atlanta Braves -- Gonzalez, 33, was picked up from Toronto to add a veteran stick to the lineup. He is hitting .259 with 15 home runs and should be considered in most formats. Grade B

Juan Gutierrez, Arizona Diamondbacks -- Somebody has to close here. But all three candidates Chad Qualls, Aaron Heilman and Gutierrez are struggling. Qualls and Heilman are already owned, so Gutierrez is probably still available. Granted, it's a longshot, but if you have room to stash him, consider it. Grade C

James McDonald, Los Angeles Dodgers -- McDonald, 25, will likely be recalled to be the fifth starter -- again. He was 5-5 with a 4.00 ERA in 45 games (four starts) with the Dodgers last year and is 6-1 with a 4.41 ERA in 12 starts with AAA Albuquerque this. He strikes out a lot of guys and has had some success with the new slider he added to his repertoire this year. Well see. Grade C+

Edinson Volquez, Cincinnati Reds -- Volquez will rejoin the rotation on Saturday after going a combined 4-0 with a 1.45 ERA on his rehab from Tommy John surgery. His change-up looked great but the amazing thing is that his fastball picked up some velocity. He was a hard thrower before the surgery, but he didn't reach 97-mph which he did numerous times during his rehab starts. Grade B

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