Here we go around the horn, identifying players to target in trades. Generally these are players playing below expectations and have proven track records to say that they will start producing at or near their original draft value. In some causes there may be pure speculation involved regarding younger players. Those targets and ideas are aimed more at managers in keeper leagues.
Geovony Soto- This is almost a no brainer, generally a top five catcher entering the season, Soto has found himself out produced by lesser valued catchers (Jason Varitek for example). It may have something to do an injury, that's likely the root problem, or it could potentially be that he was a flash in the pan. After all his minor league numbers (discounting his final season) were nothing to be impressed by. I'm not a big believer but the skill set is there, and his value has never been lower. If you're in the market for a catcher propose a trade, especially those in keepers leagues (value is a bit higher).
10 R, 1 HR, 12 RBI, 0 SB, .209 AVG
Adam LaRoche- Well it's nearing that time of year when the Elder LaRoche starts to hit the ball. His average may not reflect at this moment, but let's just consider that over the past two seasons LaRoche has hit 57 R, 27 HR, 79 RBI, .308 after the all star break in 116 games. Compared to 80 R, 24 HR, 94 RBI, .245 in 172 games. A difference of 56 games and a noticable difference in counting stats, thanks in large part to the departures of Xavier Nady and Jason Bay, coupled with an injury last season. Now is the time to target LaRoche his value is low, and his owner will likely be pleasantly surprised to see some interest for a player on his bench.
32 R, 7 HR, 24 RBI, 0 SB, .244 AVG
Ian Stewart- There was plenty of hype entering this season about this guy. Two month in and he finds himself owned in only 52% of leagues ( his original ownership was far lower then I expected -49%) The only draw back to a player with 2b, 3b, OF, CI,MI eligibility and 30hr power is the soul draining batting average. Those in deeper keeper leagues may want to make a speculative power buy. He's in the right home environment and is only blocked by Clint Barmes and Garrett Atkins for full time playing time. Make the offer, gut out the batting average and be thankful for the next 20hr.
20 R, 9 HR, 27 RBI, 2 SB, .214 AVG
Elvis Andrus- Another young prospect who is only owned in 50% of leagues. Andrus unlike Stewart is a speed demon. He doesn't have much power to speak of but the youth, and speed to swipe 40+ bags a season. A full time role in a potent offense will lead to plenty of runs. There will be growing pains and plenty of streaks but those in keeper leagues should be keeping an eye on this youngster.
25 R, 3 HR, 12 RBI, 9 SB, .278 AVG
Adrian Beltre- There are few players in baseball more consistent then Beltre. Of course the numbers aren't gawdy so you may not take notice, but a ho-hum 83 R, 25 HR, 88 RBI, 11 SB, .269 AVG is standard fair for this multi-purpose third bagger. There is never much upside with Beltre but the safety play makes him a nice addition to any team. Also take note, Beltre is heating up so the window to get him cheap is slowly closers. Make an offer, and don't be surprised that it's accepted. Owners will only see the AVG and figure he's expendable. Now is the time to own him.
25 R, 4 HR, 25 RBI, 6 SB, .245 AVG
Dexter Fowler- Everyone remembers that five stolen base against the San Diego Padres, that was Fowlers potential on display for everyone to see. This too is a purely speculative play. Given his home ball park, he could accidently hit himself 10 HR on the high end. Though that's obviously not his game. He's got the potential to be a 10 HR, 40 SB threat. Though that's not likely to happen this season. But those in keeper leagues he's guy you may want to target in trade talks as his asking price will be low, if you're lucky he may well be a throw in depending on the trade situation.
26 R, 3 HR, 12 RBI, 11 SB, .256 AVG
Gavin Floyd- After a terrible start to the season, and subsequently being cut by owners everywhere (myself included) Floyd has rebounded strongly in this previous three outtings. surrendering just 5 ER, while striking out 24 batters in 23 innings. We know that Floyd has the skill set to be a strong fantasy option thanks to his good command and dominance, and a 7.89 K/9 ratio and a 2 K/BB ratio will have a home on my fantasy any time. His value is sky rocketing right now (73% ownership- 86% in 4 weeks) so the asking price may be a bit higher then expected. Of course you can always exploit the beginners by simply pointing out his sky high ERA and WHIP.
3-5. 59 K, 30 BB, 5.75 ERA, 1.53 WHIP