Fantasy Baseball: Can Conor Gillaspie Help Your Fantasy Team?


The Los Angeles/Anaheim/California Angels added a piece for their playoff run in the form of third baseman Conor Gillaspie. Gillaspie was acquired from the White Sox for cash considerations. The White Sox designated Gillaspie for assignment earlier this week.

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Gillaspie was hitting just .237 with three homers and 15 RBI in 58 games with the White Sox this year. He was DFA’d after losing his starting third base job to Tyler Saladino earlier this month.

Those of you that own David Freese can’t like this move. Freese is hitting just .240 this season, but has flashed power with 11 home runs. With Freese expected to hit the disabled list on Saturday, Gillaspie will take over as the starting third baseman for the near future. Whether he can earn a straight platoon with Freese will depend on how well he hits in the meantime.

Freese and Gillaspie were only relevant in deeper leagues anyway, but Gillaspie was rendered droppable earlier this week. Now may be the time to pick him up in deep leagues if you are desperate. Gillaspie hit .282 last season as the regular third baseman for the White Sox. There is reason to believe that he could hit for a decent average once again.

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  • This situation will bear watching if you own David Freese. This has the looks of a straight platoon at best in which Gillaspie would receive most of the at bats. That said, Freese hits right handers better (.257 to .182) and Gillaspie hits lefties better (.333 to .234), however he only has six at bats against left handers all season.

    This situation likely won’t affect anyone in mixed leagues due to Gillaspie’s lack of power and Freese’s inability to hit for a decent average. However, if one of them gets hot, it could be an important addition for your fantasy team down the stretch. Just like the Angels hope it will be for them in real life.

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