Phil Gosselin played all over the field for the Diamondbacks in a reserve role last season. His primary position was second base, where he played 35 games, but he also made 10 appearances at third, six at first and three in the outfield. His versatility as a backup is an asset to the Diamondbacks, but it doesn't matter much in fantasy if he's not playing close to every day. Gosselin logged 220 at-bats in 2016 and slashed .277/.324/.368. The 220 at-bats were more than double the 106 he received in 2015 with Atlanta and Arizona, so the uptick in opportunities was a pleasant surprise. However, following a trade to a Pirates organization that features a multitude of other options at each position he plays, Gosselin seems unlikely to match last season's playing time.
Gosselin started at shortstop and went 3-for-3 against the Orioles on Friday. The utilityman is making a strong case for starting the season on Pittsburgh's 25-man roster. He'll likely have to beat out Alen Hanson, who is out of options, but Gosselin's made a strong impression thus far in camp. If Jung Ho Kang is suspended for the beginning of 2017, which is quite possible, then Gosselin's odds of making the cut further improve.
Gosselin was traded to the Pirates on Friday. The Diamondbacks found a trade partner for Gosselin on Friday after designating him for assignment earlier in the week. Gosselin, who slashed a respectable .277/.324/.368 with 12 doubles over 220 at-bats last season, would have had a difficult time finding regular at-bats in Arizona this season given the club's loaded infield. Gosselin has the versatility to play second or third base in Pittsburgh and he could fill in one of the corner outfield spots if called upon.
Gosselin was designated for assignment by the Diamondbacks on Tuesday. This move corresponds with the signing of Daniel Descalso, who will effectively inherit Gosselin's super-utility role this season. Gosselin provided some value with his defensive versatility last year -- he made appearances at second base, third, first, left field and right -- but he did little of note with the bat. The 28-year-old has never hit more than six homers in a season.
Gosselin is in the lineup against Milwaukee on Tuesday, playing second base and batting second. After not starting a game since July 6, Gosselin has seen an uptick in playing time as he's now making his third consecutive start. The 27-year-old has made the most of his opportunities as he's gone 5-for-9 (.556) with a double, run, and RBI in his last two games. He should have another great shot at fantasy production Tuesday night, batting in front of sluggers Jean Segura and Paul Goldschmidt.
Gosselin got the start at second base and hit second Sunday, going 3-for-5 with a double, an RBI and a run in a win over the Reds. It was his first start since July 6, but Gosselin certainly made the most of it. He's now hitting .308/.379/.462 in 26 at-bats on the month though, which might earn him some more playing time going forward.