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2013 Fantasy Baseball, Total Run Series: Right Fielders

The last position on the diamond definitely isn’t last in importance to your fantasy team. Admittedly, we are closing in on the one third pole as of this writing, but even then, the numbers among the right fielders in the game are quite impressive. As many as ten right fielders are currently on pace to create 100 runs. For those of you that are not familiar with runs created, that is pretty darn impressive. Furthermore, a few of them may be on the block, so it could make for an interesting summer.

A few of you may be unfamiliar with the total run series. If you are joining us for the first time, we are simply taking a look at the regular right fielder for each team to determine whether a team will look to be buyers or sellers before the deadline. Some teams have good guys to trade and others are in desperate need. Simply looking at each position through this prism can help remove some of the guessing game as to who could be changing addresses this summer.

Team

RC

BR

Total

Jose Bautista Blue Jays

37

-1

36

Alex Rios White Sox

31

3

34

Hunter Pence Giants

33

1

34

Norichika Aoki Brewers

32

2

34

Michael Cuddyer Rockies

32

1

33

Nick Swisher Indians

31

0

31

Nick Markakis Orioles

32

-2

30

Torii Hunter Tigers

31

-1

30

Carlos Beltran Cardinals

30

0

30

Jay Bruce Reds

29

-1

28

Nelson Cruz Rangers

26

-1

25

Josh Hamilton Angels

22

2

24

Ben Zobrist Rays

25

-1

24

Andre Ethier Dodgers

22

0

22

Michael Morse Mariners

24

-2

22

Nate Schierholtz Cubs

20

0

20

Will Venable Padres

18

2

20

Travis Snider Pirates

19

0

19

Jordan Schafer Braves

16

1

17

Shane Victorino Red Sox

16

1

17

Alex Rios– Chicago White Sox

The White Sox are in a pretty good spot in spite of their record. They have several individual players that should be highly sought after this summer. Alex Rios might be on top of that list. He has a toxic contract that might limit his market, but if he continues to play this well there won’t be any trouble moving him. In these days of high dollar contracts, the prospect they would get back are valuable, but no more valuable than the money they would save by getting that contract off the books.

Norichika Aoki– Milwaukee Brewers

Let’s consider a few facts, first the Brewers are on pace to lose 100 games in spite of having several players in the top five at their position. Carlos Gomez signed a new contract last year, Ryan Braun is signed through the apocalyspe, and Jean Segura is dirt cheap. That leaves Aoki and Aramis Ramirez as prime trade targets should they want to begin the rebuilding process. While Corey Hart is penciled in at first base, he can always return to right field should a trade happen.

Andre Ethier– Los Angeles Dodgers

Desperate managers do foolish things and Don Mattingly flapped his gums a little too much when he threw Andre Ethier under the bus. Is Ethier producing as much as he should? Of course not, but a roster where Carl Crawford and Clayton Kershaw seem to be the only people earning their keep is not one where singling out any one player seems fair. That being said, those statements and his contract may lead them to start shopping the star outfielder. Is there a fit for him anywhere? I’m not so sure.

Jordan Schafer– Atlanta Braves

Coming into the season, I wouldn’t have given a warm bucket of spit for Schafer. Whether 2013 is the year where he finally figured it out or whether it is his out of context swan song remains to be seen. Right now, he is forcing the Braves to play him at least half of the time while B.J. Upton redefines the term bust. However, with both Jason Heyward returning and Evan Gettis demanding playing time himself, there is very little chance that Schafer will continue to play regularly.

Team

RC

BR

Total

Ichiro Suzuki Yankees

16

1

17

John Mayberry Phillies

13

3

16

Marlon Byrd Mets

15

1

16

Marcell Ozuna Marlins

16

0

16

Cody Ross Diamondbacks

15

-1

14

Chris Young Athletics

13

0

13

Chris Parmelee Twins

12

0

12

Brandon Barnes Astros

13

-1

12

Jayson Werth Nationals

11

0

11

Jeff Francouer Royals

10

-1

9

Jeff Francouer– Kansas City Royals

For all of the talk about the big trade with the Rays, the brass tax is that the Royals could have improved just as much by simply putting Wil Myers in right field from day one. Jake Odorizzi could have been almost as good as Wade Davis, so the question is whether Wil Myers could have produced enough runs to make up for the difference that James Shields has brought. That’s only looking at the deal through the prism of 2013. Francouer is a nice enough guy and has stood up and taken responsibility for his bad play. That’s great and all, but he’s just not a good baseball player.

Chris Young– Oakland Athletics

This is certainly not his fault. For one, he hasn’t played everyday, so he doesn’t have the at bats to compete with the other regulars. More importantly, he was never supposed to. Josh Reddick was supposed to be the guy, but he has apparently turned back into a pumpkin. These things happen as when teams come out of nowhere to compete as they did in 2012, it means that some players come out of nowhere too. Often times, they return.

Marcell Ozuna– Miami Marlins

In every baseball season, there are stories that get lost in the shuffle. Ozuna is one of those stories. He has always found himself somewhere on the top prospect lists, but no one gave him much thought for 2013. With the Marlins suffering numerous injuries (most notably Giancarlo Stanton) and their offense suffering through one of the worst 50 game stretches in baseball history, some players were bound to get opportunities. Ozuna has made the most of his opportunity. The question will be what happens when Stanton returns.

John Mayberry– Philadelphia Phillies

Right now it’s a numbers game. Domonic Brown has officially arrived and seemingly has planted himself in one of the corner outfield slots (left). Ben Revere can play a better defensive centerfield than almost everyone in baseball. He isn’t hitting right now, but the Phillies want to get his glove in there. That leaves right field and it leaves John Mayberry and Delmon Young to fight it over. Mayberry is able to play center in a pinch, so he should get consistent at bats regardless. The question is whether he will play most of the time or all of the time through the end of the season.

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