I told you to cut your losses on the DLed Broxton, and they still have no timetable for his return. I told you to pick up Sanchez to replace him for now, but to stay on top of the situation going forward. If you did, you would have let go of Sanchez and picked up Fernando Salas. Salas looks to finally be the guy to grab onto the job long term and to have earned Tony La Russa's confidence. Salas is going to be very valuable going forwards and should be a decent trade chip in the long term once everyone is sure he is going to hold on to his job. If he's still available in your league, go get Salas now.
No recommendation last week, so jumping right into this week's drop and pickup now. A second baseman from a horrible offense to drop, and another from a better offense that is heating up....
The Droppable - Chone Figgins - Second Base - Seattle Mariners - 73.7% Owned in ESPN Leagues
I mentioned that you should drop Figgins in my weekly musings column a month ago, and he hasn't turned the batting average around since then. He's still hitting just .202 on the year his only counting stats over the last fifteen days are three runs scored, with none in the last week. He's just not good right now. He's not getting on base enough because he's not hitting, so he can't pick up the stolen bases that would make him a useful player. He's not giving you a remotely acceptable amount of runs or RBIs in that Seattle lineup without the stolen bases and average. Even if he turns it around, his ceiling at this point is thirty to thirty-five stolen bases with a decent average but a pathetic number of runs and RBIs. Cut him away now.
The Pickup - Kelly Johnson - Second Base - Arizona Diamondacks - 62.2% Owned in ESPN Leagues
It is crazy that Figgins is owned in more ESPN leagues than Kelly Johnson. Johnson's batting average has been just as bad at an ugly .204, but he has given you 33% more runs and RBIs than Figgins has while matching his stolen base total. That should be enough, but he's also added in six home runs compared to Figgins' single homer. Johnson deserves a look beyond from just Figgins' owners as well, because he has been heating it up over the last week. He's got a six game hitting streak going and has had hit three home runs over that span. The grand slam to help them win the other night has seemed to break him out of his slump. Nows your chance to get top talent (and the number 12 second baseman on ESPN's player rater) for free on the wire.
-Fred "Big Derf" Tobin