RotoAce continues its in-season feature where we single out one player whose stock is either on the rise or decline in fantasy baseball. This feature will provide expert fantasy baseball analysis to help you negotiate trades or feel safe in dropping a player to pick up someone else.
A look at a player whose stock is on the rise and you need to acquire immediately through trade or waivers.
A look at a player whose stock is on the decline and you need to try to trade or maybe drop to pick up someone else.
|J.P. Arencibia, Rangers||Josh Beckett, Dodgers|
|Two home runs and seven RBIs will always get you on the potential list for this spot. But what’s really interesting is that the Rangers plan to use him at first base.
Yes, they are desperate. Yes, he has serious contact issues. But a player with massive power and catcher eligibility getting ABs at first base for the Rangers in the summer in that ballpark?
If/when he has a hot streak, it could be a very nice one. And don’t you want to be the one who has him sitting on your bench ready to plug in?
Part of his problem could be catching games anyway. He’s got a .415 OPS in 20 games behind the plate and a .956 OPS in nine games at first base. So maybe the Rangers’ desperation is a blessing in disguise?
|There’s only so much longer the Dodgers are going to go with a pitcher trying to pitch through a hip injury at age 35 in a pennant race.
Do you want to be left holding the bag? Trade Beckett right now while his numbers still look great. Two straight poor outings raised his ERA up to 2.74 and you can trade a pitcher much easier when his ERA has a 2 in from of it.
Of course there’s risk that he’s able to pitch through it and goes on having a great season, but if you can get someone to trade you a comparable pitcher, I’d go for it now.
Keep in mind, also, that Beckett is already pitching ahead of his xFIP (3.75) so there may be more bad outings down the stretch anyway, even without counting the injury.