Fantasy Baseball Buy Low Option: Yunel Escobar
Yunel Escobar was a guy I was high on coming into the year. He thanked me with a .238-28-0-19-5 line prior to the All-Star Break. He stunk it up enough that the Braves dealt him (an Jo-Jo Reyes) to Toronto for Alex Gonzalez, Tim Collins and Tyler Pastornicky.
Gonzalez was tearing it up for Toronto with a .259–47-17-50-1 line before the deal. His fantasy owners have to be singing the blues. Gonzalez is moving from Rogers Centre with the 8th highest HR factor to Turner Field, which checks in at 17. While I wouldn’t recommend dropping Alex Gonzalez, I would keep a close eye on his production following the trade.
One doesn’t have to look any further than last year’s Blue Jays SS Marco Scutaro to see what happens when you leave Toronto. His numbers are down across the board for Boston.
Escobar is 16 for 51 (.314) with 7 runs, 1 HR, 7 RBIs, and 1 SB in 14 career games against the Orioles, Rays, Red Sox, and Yankees.
You should be able to get him for a reasonable price. He could aslo be on your waiver wire as he’s owned in 41 percent of ESPN and 72 percent of CBS leagues.