Josh Bell $10. Other bids: $8, $6, $1, $1.
Josh Bell is back and just as bad as ever. Called up as a result of his good minor league campaign and because of Ryan Roberts’ struggles, Bell cranked a home run in his first game. He has done very little since, except rack up strikeouts. Apparently, he is already falling out of favor, and I expect him to be back in the minors, or released, in the near future.
Vinny Rottino $7. Other bids: $0.
Rottino is back for his second stint with the Mets, and could see some at-bats with Ike Davis riding the pine against tough lefties. Rottino has a bit of pop, but he is a journeyman for a reason. He can be ignored except in the deepest of leagues.
Shawn Camp $6. Other bids: $4, $0.
Camp is in line to get some saves (with James Russell) as a result of the failure of Rafael Dolis in the closer role. Of course, the Cubs stink, so they are not missing out on much in terms of a lack of reliable closer. The harder part is speculating on Cubs bullpen help.
Joe Mather $5. Other bids: $3.
Mather picked up a full week’s worth of at-bats with various injuries to Ian Stewart, Alfonso Soriano, etc. Mather is a fine deep league pick-up as a roster spot filler…he will move the chains for you when he plays.
Randy Wolf $5. Other bids: $1, $0.
Wolf is erratic at this stage of his career, but he spends the next couple of weeks facing the Dodgers, Pirates, Cubs and Padres. This seems like a good time to stream Wolf and see how he does.
D.J. LeMahieu $4. Other bids: $1, $0, $0.
Next year play here. LeMahieu is up for depth purposes after hitting one home run and stealing 11 bases in AAA. He has some skills, but will likely not see enough at-bats to matter. Matt Diaz $0.
Joaquin Arias $3. Other bids: $1, $1, $0.
Arias was red hot last week, racking up 29 at-bats, a home run, a couple of runs batted in and a couple of steals. Since no one else can effectively play second base, Arias will until he stops hitting…which, given the history of Giants’ second basemen recently, could be this coming week.
Tyler Moore $3. Other bids: $0, $0.
Charlie Morton $3.
Morton, with his terrible WHIP, is nothing but a very low end option in NL-only leagues. If you are desperate to fill a roster spot…very desperate.
Kyle Kendrick $2.
Kendrick has pitched well over the last three weeks, and may stay in the rotation with the injury to Roy Halladay. I do not like the upcoming Miami match-up, however, so you may want to think twice.
Mike Fontenot $1. Other bids: $0, $0.
Travis Wood $1. Other bids: $0.
Wood pitches in the majors for a bit every year, teases us with his potential, then fades into obscurity. His stuff is okay, and, if everything broke right, he could be a three or four. Since an impressive initial campaign a few years ago, however, he hasn’t done much, so I would consider him a low-end NL-only option at this point.
Jose Arredando $0.
Mike Baxter $0.
Ivan DeJesus, Jr. $0. Other bids: $0.
Koyie Hill $0. Other bids: $0.
Mike Nickeas $0.