Fantasy Baseball: Prime Pickups
The Insiders
Fantasy Baseball Expert
Posted Aug 15, 2005


Looking for a free agent that can give your team a boost and is still available in your league? Included below are the top players from both the American and National League at their respective positions that get regular playing time, and have a higher probability of floating around in your free agent pool. The players are ranked in order of preference:

Starting Pitchers

AL: Tim Wakefield, BOS; Joe Blanton, OAK; Bruce Chen, BAL; Josh Towers, TOR; Jose Contreras, CHW.

NL: Noah Lowry, SF; Jae Weong Seo, NYM; Claudio Vargas, ARI; Jason Vargas, FLA; Esteban Loaiza, WAS.

 

Closers

AL: None.

NL: Jose Valverde, ARI; Dave Weathers, CIN; Steve Schmoll, LAD; Duaner Sanchez, LAD.

 

Catchers

AL: Ben Molina, LAA; Gregg Zaun, TOR.

NL: Michael Barrett, CHC; Miguel Olivo, SD; Brian Schneider, WAS.

 

First Basemen

AL: Darin Erstad, LAA; Dan Johnson, OAK; Travis Lee, TB.

NL: Tony Clark, ARI; *Brad Eldred (1B), PIT; Ryan Howard, PHI.

 

Second Basemen

AL: *Tony Graffanino (1B/3B), BOS; *Willie Bloomquist (1B/3B/SS/OF), SEA; Ron Belliard, CLE.

NL: Mark Grudzielanek, STL; Jose Vidro, WAS; *Craig Counsell (SS), ARI; Jose Castillo, PIT.

 

Third Basemen

AL: *Bill Mueller (2B), BOS.

NL: *Abraham Nunez (2B/SS), STL.

 

Shortstops

AL: Orlando Cabrera, LAA.

NL: Jack Wilson, PIT; David Eckstein, STL; *Damian Jackson (2B/3B/OF), SD.  

 

Outfielders

AL: Gary Matthews, Jr., TEX; Eric Byrnes, BAL; Jonny Gomes, TB; Jay Payton, OAK; Alexis Rios, TOR.

NL: So Taguchi, STL.

 

*Denotes player may be eligible at multiple positions in your league, with his (alternate position) listed after his name.

 



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