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Fantasy Baseball: Last Minute Roster Noise

Major League teams are required to have their final rosters submitted by 3 PM today, so we should have a pretty good idea who could provide some value for fantasy owners.

  • The Mets have announced that both Jenrry Mejia and Ruben Tejada will travel north with the team, having both made the roster. I wrote about Mejia previously over at my blog previously. I didn't think then that he would be up for another 2 seasons, although I could see this having an impact on his development. If he thrives as a setup reliever, I could see them potentially groom him to be a closer at some point in the next two seasons. Remember, Francisco Rodriguez is currently in year 2 of a 3 year contract.
  • The Cardinals announced that Jason LaRue will be the starting catcher on Opening Day, as injury concerns linger around Yadier Molina. If you own Molina, odds are it is for a deeper league, so hopefully this will be decided soon. Nothing worse than a player who isn't playing, but is also not placed on the disabled list.
  • The Athletics still have yet to decide who will be their #5 starting pitcher. It's currently between Trevor Cahill and Gio Gonzalez. As of right now, Gonzalez probably has the most fantasy upside, as he has proven he can strikeout hitters. Unfortunately, he's also proven that he can walk them with almost as much regularity. Deep league play only I would assume at this point.
  • The Giants have not announced their Opening Day lineup as of yet, but spring sensation John Bowker may not necessarily be penciled in for RF. Bowker led the PCL last season in batting average (.342) and OPS (1.047), but apparently Nate Schierholtz may still get the job. I would keep an eye on Bowker, as he could potentially be a good solid hitter going very late in NL-only leagues.
  • The Giants also announced that prospect Buster Posey will start the season at AAA Fresno, and will be the everyday catcher. Probably best for his development since he's not going to play everyday, but it sounds like there could be some monetary concerns surrounding this as well.
  • The Rangers will apparently be splitting time between catchers Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Taylor Teagarden. This seems like it's not going to be particularly good for either of the players, and the playing time concerns warrant consideration for fantasy owners. Although odds are that if you are starting either, it's a pretty deep league and there isn't likely to be much else out there.