The DL players most worth stashing
It was such a big hit the first time that he's at it again. Scott White ranks the 30 most stashable players on the DL.
With the news CC Sabathia won't return until at least July, Adam Aizer suggested on Monday's Fantasy Baseball Today that the Yankees left-hander might not be the best use of a DL slot, and I agreed, knowing all the players with red crosses next to their names on some of my Fantasy teams.
But it got me thinking of that blog post I contributed a couple weeks ago ranking the most stashable players currently on the DL. Enough has changed since then that it might be worth revisiting, especially with someone like Sabathia potentially getting the squeeze.
- Chris Sale, SP, White Sox
- Jose Abreu, 1B, White Sox
- Jason Kipnis, 2B, Indians
- Jay Bruce, OF, Reds
- Bryce Harper, OF, Nationals
- Gio Gonzalez, SP, Nationals
- Alex Cobb, SP, Rays
- Ryan Zimmermann, 3B, Nationals
- Ben Zobrist, 2B/SS/OF, Rays
- Mat Latos, SP, Reds
- Mark Trumbo, 1B/OF, Diamondbacks
- Josh Hamilton, OF, Angels
- Michael Cuddyer, 1B/OF, Rockies
- Jason Grilli, RP, Pirates
- Hyun-Jin Ryu, SP, Dodgers
- Andrew Cashner, SP, Padres
- Brandon Belt, 1B, Giants
- Matt Wieters, C, Orioles
- Michael Pineda, SP, Yankees
- James Paxton, SP, Mariners
- Taijuan Walker, SP, Mariners
- Carlos Beltran, OF, Yankees
- Aramis Ramirez, 3B, Brewers
- Adam LaRoche, 1B, Nationals
- Kole Calhoun, OF, Angels
- Jason Motte, RP, Cardinals
- Dillon Gee, SP, Mets
- Jurickson Profar, 2B, Rangers
- Colby Rasmus, OF, Blue Jays
- CC Sabathia, SP, Yankees
As you can see, Harper is well more deserving Calhoun, who himself is about as deserving as Walker. And Sabathia? Hey, he squeaked by, but facing a lengthy layoff and uncertain production whenever he returns, he's not beyond dropping in standard mixed leagues, especially if you'd be forced to stash him in a bench slot.
Wieters is an interesting case given the indefinite timetable that could lead to season-ending surgery, but in a league shallow enough that you could honestly consider dropping Pineda Paxton or Walker, a catcher as high-end as him is worth seeing through to the end. Cashner could end up being way too high when we look back at this list a couple weeks from now, but again, how do you cut a player of his caliber when you don't really know the extent of his injury? Motte cracks the list since Trevor Rosenthal's struggles could pave way for him to reclaim the closer role in St. Louis, and Ramirez gets a bump because of position scarcity.
Joey Votto isn't on the DL right now, but if he winds up there with what appears to be a not-so-serious quadriceps injury, he'll be second on the list.
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