Fantasy Baseball: Prime Pickups
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Posted Aug 22, 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: Shawn Chacon, NYY; Bruce Chen, BAL; C.C. Sabathia, CLE; Josh Towers, TOR; Joe Blanton, OAK.

NL: Jae Weong Seo, NYM; Vicente Padilla, PHI; Noah Lowry, SF; Claudio Vargas, ARI; Jason Vargas, FLA; Tomokazu Ohka, MIL.



AL: Mike Timlin, BOS.

NL: Armando Benitez, SF; Duaner Sanchez, LAD; Dave Weathers, CIN.



AL: *Matt LeCroy (1B), MIN; Ben Molina, LAA.

NL: Brian Schneider, WAS.


First Basemen

AL: Darin Erstad, LAA; Casey Kotchman, LAA.

NL: *Brad Eldred (3B), PIT.


Second Basemen

AL: *Willie Bloomquist (1B/3B/SS/OF), SEA; Adam Kennedy, LAA.

NL: Jose Castillo, PIT.


Third Basemen

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

NL: None.



AL: Orlando Cabrera, LAA.

NL: None.



AL: Gary Matthews, Jr., TEX; Jay Payton, OAK; Lew Ford, MIN.

NL: So Taguchi, STL; Jason Lane, HOU; Austin Kearns, CIN; Randy Winn, SF.


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


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