Carlos Santana and Hunter Pence are top buy-low options

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We do a lot of posts here on who you should pick up or drop in leagues.   Now here is one to show you who you should be targeting in trades.  All of these players are owned in at least 85 percent of ESPN leagues, and are in the middle of the worst starts of their careers for the most part.  Over the weekend I will let you know who you should be trying to buy low on.

This first piece will deal with the outfielders and catchers.  Tomorrow’s will focus on infielders.  Monday we will focus on the pitchers.

May 7, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians third baseman Carlos Santana (41) reacts after taking a called strike in the second inning against the Minnesota Twins at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports


Carlos Santana, Indians: I know, Carlos has played mostly at the corner infield slots this year, but he is still eligible at catcher, and that is where he should provide you with the most value.  Santana’s average sits at a dreadful .143 on the season.  He had three homers in a four game stretch last week, then has followed that up with a 1-22 slump.  Still, he has too much talent to just wither away into nothing.  I advocated dropping him in standard leagues, and I still stand by that.  But in 12 team or larger leagues, or leagues with more than three bench slots, he is worth targeting.  He is due for a hot streak.  A long hot streak.

Salvador Perez, Royals: Pretty much the whole KC lineup has been in a slump this season.  Most of them simply have too much talent for it to continue much longer.  Perez is one of those guys.  His .244 average is likely to end up at least 30 points higher.  His is a career .295 hitter after all.  His AB/HR ratio sits at 41, which is roughly ten above his career numbers.  An uptick there is likely as well.  Perez is walking at the best rate of his career, so the turnaround should come soon.

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