Weekly Planner: To Mets' dismay, Reyes worth more than Crawford

Monday May 30th, 2011

Mets majority owner Fred Wilpon said his oft-injured, but still immensely talented, Jose Reyes isn't worth Carl Crawford money last week. He was apparently ignoring the fact that Carl Crawford isn't worth Carl Crawford money.

But Crawford got it, to the tune of six years and $142 million. What would a productive Crawford who can play shortstop at the age of 27 (not 29) be worth?

Maybe Wilpon was suggesting Reyes is worth more. Wilpon is perhaps right: No one is worth Crawford money. If there is anyone that could get it with his play this season, though, it would be Reyes -- not even Albert Pujols.

Crawford, until a hot streak highlighted by a number of walk-off hits, wasn't worth anything. He is hitting just .236 with four homers, 21 RBI, 25 runs, seven steals, a .272 on-base percentage and .370 slugging percentage. And those numbers are enhanced by a May run of .311-3-15-19-3 (.336-.500) and a Fantasy Week 8 (May 23-29) run of .423-3-8-9-1 (.464-1.000).

Crawford was the most productive hitter in standard points leagues last week. Maybe he read Wilpon's comments the New Yorker magazine and took offense to them, too. Crawford just might finally be worth Reyes money, not vice versa.

Reyes hasn't shown any discontent for the comments about his injury history and his worth. He has just shown he is the most valuable player in fantasy not named Jose Beastista (spelling mistake intentional) or Roy Hall(ofFame)aday.

Reyes (.335-1-17-36-19, .382-.493) is enjoying a career season in a contract year. Only Bautista, Ryan Braun and Curtis Granderson have more fantasy points among hitters to date. Reyes might have only one homer amid a pace that has him on verge of career bests across the board, but he is the gem of Rotisserie, leading the league with 19 steals.

Reyes is a shortstop and the most productive one in fantasy, regardless of the format. He might be the most valuable player, regardless of where he winds up after the trade deadline. As long as injury doesn't find him, he is worth his freight in gold in fantasy.

Wilpon might have accidentally made his franchise more valuable by disparaging the one thing it has going for it right now.

My preseason prediction that Yovani Gallardo would beat out a Phillies starter for a Cy Young award looked a bit ridiculous in early May. It doesn't now. Gallardo has won five consecutive starts and has a 1.29 ERA in that span. Hopefully you aren't one of those unfortunate souls who gave up on him. He is especially tough at home (5-0 in seven starts), along with any Brewer.

Past players of the week: 7. Michael Pineda, SEA; 6. OF Jose Bautista, TOR; 5. SP Francisco Liriano, MIN; 4. 2B Ben Zobrist, TB; 3. SP James Shields, TB; 2. SP Dan Haren, LAA; 1. SP Jered Weaver, LAA.

OF Shane Victorino, PHI (hamstring) -- He is on a rehab assignment and could be ready to return to fantasy lineups next week. Ben Francisco and Domonic Brown figure to drop into a time-share in right field after Victorino's return.

SP Josh Johnson, FLA (shoulder) -- His return date has been moved back to June 7, which could put him back in fantasy lineups this week. He is dominant to trust right off the DL.

3B David Wright (back) and 1B Ike Davis (ankle), NYM -- It was originally believed Davis would be back soon, while Wright would be gone for awhile. It could be roles reversed. Wright could return in mid-June, while Davis will take longer now. Both should remained stashed on the DL for two more fantasy weeks at least.

3B Pablo Sandoval, SF (wrist) -- He could start a rehab assignment this upcoming weekend, but he will be a risky option next week. It has been reported the Giants will not consider moving him back behind the plate to make up for the loss of Buster Posey (ankle) for the season.

RP Andrew Bailey, OAK (shoulder) -- He picked up a hold in his return from the DL. With the struggles of Brian Fuentes and Grant Balfour as temporary closers, it shouldn't take long for Bailey to return to the stopper role. It should happen by the end of this week.

SP Brian Matusz, BAL (oblique) -- There was some question as to whether Chris Tillman or Brad Bergesen would vacate the O's rotation for the return of Matusz from the DL and a rehab assignment this week. It wound up being both Tillman and Bergesen, although one should be back soon -- likely Tillman.

C Ryan Doumit, PIT (ankle) -- He wasn't an everyday player anyway, but the Pirates will be giving Chris Snyder full-time at-bats behind the plate. Snyder is a streaky hitter and is 5-for-11 with a homer of late. Snyder is useful in deeper leagues and might even be a must-start in NL-only for the short term.

The most-added players:

1. C Jonathan Lucroy, MIL2. OF Michael Morse, WAS3. SP Erik Bedard, SEA4. SP Nick Blackburn, MIN5. SP Ryan Vogelsong, SF

The Brewers look like they have found their long-term solution at catcher, even if this run by Lucroy is a temporary thing. Lucroy is good enough to use in any league as a stopgap. It will be likely he winds up as a fringe option in mixed formats, though. Morse is back on a hot run, while Bedard looks like he is rejuvenated -- for as long as his should can hold up. Blackburn is hot and a nice two-start sleeper this week and Vogelsong is a surprise that has added value because he is relief eligible in some formats.

The most-dropped players:

1. SP Jorge De La Rosa, COL2. C Buster Posey, SF3. SP Homer Bailey, CIN4. SP Jason Vargas, SEA5. SP Edinson Volquez, CIN

Volquez might not be a popular person in Cincy after calling out one of the best offenses in the NL before getting his demotion, but he is going to remain a popular player in fantasy. He was dominant in his Triple-A start Saturday, making a quick return possible, if not likely. He could replace Bailey or Mike Leake in another week or so. Bailey is back on the DL with a shoulder issue, officially turning his stigma from disappointing prospect to an injury-prone one. De La Rosa (Tommy John elbow surgery) and Posey (ankle surgery) are out for the season and part of next, making them easy cuts. Vargas' two-start week was an unmitigated disaster, so that is going to sting fantasy owners the next time he is hot going into a two-start week.

The most-scouted players:

1. OF Corey Patterson, TOR2. SP Jeremy Guthrie, BAL3. SP Alex Cobb, TB4. OF Morse, WAS5. SP Jordan Lyles, HOU6. OF Matt Holliday, STL7. OF Adam Jones, BAL8. OF Corey Hart, MIL9. SP Juan Nicasio, COL10. 2B Eric Young, COL

Holliday (shoulder), Hart (illness) and Jones (shoulder) are question marks going into the week, but they should be fine. Jones is the least useful. Nicasio, Cobb, Lyles and Young get call ups before June 1 and could prove worthy of a waiver claim in mixed fantasy leagues. Patterson, Guthrie and Morse have gotten hot enough to consider stopgaps in mixed formats right now, too.

Eric Mack rounds up the fantasy baseball movers and shakers every Monday of the season at SI.com. You can mock him, rip him and (doubtful) praise him before asking him for fantasy advice on Twitter @EricMackFantasy. Hit him up. He honestly has nothing better to do with his free time.

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