Often, by the a fantasy owner sees signals to trade a player, there's an the obvious crimp on a player's production making it tough to get reasonable return through a trade. But that's not the case for the Angels' Albert Pujols; he's performing for his owners -- hitting over .300 with power -- but consider this your warning: he's not healthy.
For years, Pujols has said that chronic plantar fasciitis in his left foot would not keep him from being productive, and his impressive and consistent numbers supported his claim. Now, he might be cracking.
"I'm dying," Pujols told the
Consider that statement a good reason to sell him. Pujols has gotten off to a solid start, hitting for a .322 average, but he's started four consecutive games at DH, with no immediate plans to get him back at first anytime soon. He is closer to a stint on the disabled list than playing the field right now.
"We've discussed every alternative imaginable," Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto told the
If you listen to Pujols' words, he is reaching his limit on pain. It has been hard to watch him run at times in these latter years of his career.
For those that merely pay attention to stats, ignoring the news and players' words, you might be able to get solid return for your first-round pick before he falls apart or hits the DL. In the year of injury, the team that has the healthiest core players will be the best off.
Injuries have you down?
We have yet to really see a flood of the top prospects coming to the Major Leagues, but if this incredible rate of injuries continues, we are going to see them arrive.
The problem right now is the stress that injuries put on your roster flexibility, particularly in leagues without DL spots. You cannot cut the likes of Zack Greinke (shoulder), Curtis Granderson (forearm), Johnny Cueto (lat) or Jered Weaver (non-throwing elbow), so there might be owners jumping off stashing the top prospects.
Here are the top-five most-owned minor leaguers right now:
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Tout Wars moves
Fixing the catcher position again -- This is an admission of a mistake in the first FAAB run of the year. Refusing to put in an aggressive bid on John Buck (whoops!) and prioritizing Erik Kratz over Francisco Cervelli were compounded mistakes earlier this month. Also, Travis d'Arnaud is out for two months and won't be a candidate for a call-up until the second half. It is time to drop Kratz (.192 through Saturday) for Cervelli (.310 through Saturday).
Adding another starting pitcher -- After losing out on Cingrani (he would have required a $26 bid in a $100-cap league), it is time to find another starting pitcher to help improve in the strikeout category. James Russell still can get save chances for the Cubs, but he is going to be reserved, and d'Arnaud is going to be cut for a starting pitcher flier.
My daily lineup
If you play in those daily fantasy leagues, here are the players by position that yours truly will be going with for Monday's games. If you want to challenge me, hit me up on Twitter: @EricMackFantasy.