Mar 31, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Cody Ross against the San Francisco Giants during opening day baseball game at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
The Diamondbacks have activated OF Cody Ross from the 15-day DL. What does this mean to your fantasy team? Well, if you own Tony Campana, I have some bad news for you. The already crowded Arizona outfield will see Ross likely slide into an everyday role in left field, moving Mark Trumbo to right, and leaving Gerardo Parra and A.J. Pollock to fight for time in center field. Campana becomes the odd man out.
The New York Mets have activated OF Chris Young from the 15-day disabled list. This couldn’t come at a better time for the beat up Mets. Juan Lagares is on the disabled list, and Curtis Granderson may not yet be ready to play every day while nursing a variety of injuries. The trade of Ike Davis puts Lucas Duda at first base full time. What do these moves mean for your fantasy squad? If for some reason Cody Ross is still available in your league, he should be picked up immediately.
Chris Young is always a risky player to own, and a very frustrating player to own. He has a great combination of power and speed, yet he just can’t seem to get it together. Why should we believe that he will here? Even if he doesn’t, Young is worth picking up in deep leagues because of the potential. He will play every day until Lagares comes back, and if he plays well in the interim, it will be hard for the Mets to sit him down.
Recent call-up Kirk Nieuwenhuis is the odd man out of the Mets’ outfield right now. He had three hits in ten at-bats, including a home run, but he will likely find more time on the bench with Young and Granderson back in the lineup. Nieuwenhuis can be dropped in every league now.
As for the crowded Diamondback outfield, Pollock and Parra are still worth owning until we see how this will affect both of them. Tony Campana is probably fine to drop now unless you have the bench room.