Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market: Padres ditch Orlando Hudson, summon two infielders

by Nicholas Minnix on May 17, 2012 @ 16:32:53 PDT

 


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On Thursday, the San Diego Padres made good on their early-season threat to dump one of their scuffling infielders, Orlando Hudson and Jason Bartlett. The Friars thanked the 34-year-old O-Dog for his .211/.260/.317 slash line in 131 plate appearances with a pink slip.

San Diego Padres INF Everth Cabrera
Some life on the base paths

Bartlett's .133/.240/.193 slash line in 98 plate appearances was no better, but San Diego could hide him on the disabled list for a while because he apparently has a strained right knee and hasn't played since Tuesday.

NL fantasy managers can consider keeping either of these players around, but neither offers great hope that he'll contribute in 2012. The writing is on the wall for Bartlett. Hudson may latch on with another club and is likelier to deliver something strictly because of that chance. Bartlett stashers will, for now, hope that one of SD's two call-ups struggles.

Everth Cabrera will get a chance to be the man shortstop. At Triple-A Tucson, the 25-year-old was hitting .333 with 15 stolen bases. He's an aggressive and adept thief who went .255/.342/.361 with 25 steals for the Padres in 2009, after San Diego snatched him in the previous winter's Rule 5 draft.

The switch hitter's contact rate has dwindled since his debut season. His recent farm marks give hope that he's matured in the past couple of years, thankfully. Cabrera isn't a threat to draw 100 walks in a full season, but he's posted base-on-ball rates of around 10 percent as a pro. His batting average has been the bigger drag on his OBP. He has to get on base in order to run, of course.

Cabrera Amarista
Shallow mixed Watch Pass
Deep mixed Consider Pass
NL-only Acquire Acquire

Cabrera should be owned in NL setups immediately, if he isn't already. He deserves consideration in deep mixed leagues and should be scooped up in the deepest of them.

Amarista, 23, is expected to take over at second base and wasn't one of the most heralded prospects for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim before he arrived in the trade that involved Ernesto Frieri. However, the middle infielder swings a lively bat with his compact 5-foot-7, 150-pound frame.

The left-handed hitter produced only a .154/.182/.250 slash line in his 56 plate appearances with the Halos in 2011 and was active for only one game this year. But the small fry has the approach to make contact frequently and isn't just a slap hitter. He's also speedy, and the aggressive Padres are certain to turn Amarista loose often enough that he could steal 20 bags the rest of the way if he sticks around.

Amarista warrants addition in most NL formats right away because of his PT opportunity. Although both summoned players won't have a ton of job security, the former Angel is more at risk. Middle infielder Andy Parrino doesn't have the bat to be a threat, but the low-upside Logan Forsythe (surgery to remove fractured sesamoid bone in right foot) is on a rehab assignment and may factor in this summer. The Fathers just promoted Jedd Gyorko to the Class AAA level, too; the intriguing 23-year-old could debut by the end of the season.

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About Nicholas Minnix

Minnix is baseball editor and a fantasy football analyst at KFFL. He plays in LABR and Tout Wars and won the FSWA Baseball Industry Insiders League in 2010.

The University of Delaware alum is a regular guest on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Baltimore's WNST AM 1570.

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