2013 Fantasy Baseball AL East Second Baseman

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If it wasn’t for a torrid last month of 2012, the New York Yankees Robinson Cano probably would have been considered one of the bigger fantasy baseball disappointments last season. I guess that is why we wait until after the season to analyze a player’s value.

Cano is once again on a torrid hitting streak in the World Baseball Classic, and expect it to translate to his 2013 season, which could be his last in pinstripes. Cano will be a free agent at the end of the year, and if you believe that superstition that players have career years in their walk year, then expect to break the bank bidding for Cano.

Look for Cano to put up 97 runs, 27 HRs, 99 RBIs, 4 SB, and a .302 AVG, easily making him the first second baseman taken in every fantasy league.

If only the Boston Red Sox Dustin Pedroia could stay healthy. Pedroia owners have been lucky the past two seasons, as he has played in at least 141 games, but it always seems like this guy has some kind of nagging injury, making him a risky high draft pick. Should he stay healthy in 2013 he will easily be the second best option at second base. Look for Pedroia to put up 93 runs, 17 HR, 76 RBI, 18 SB, and a .292 AVG.

While the Tampa Bay Rays plan to use Kelly Johnson at second base, it’s their super utility guy Ben Zobrist who you should target. Johnson is also being used at first and in the outfield this Spring, so look for both Zobrist and Johnson to have multi-positional eligibility.

Heading into the 2013 Zobrist already has second base, shortstop, and outfield eligibility, which would give you a ton of flexibility with your roster. Look for Johnson to put up 55 runs, 15 HRs, 58 RBIs, 14 SB, and a .239 AVG. Zobrist will put up 85 runs, 18 HRs, 76 RBIs, 14 SBs, and a .264 AVG.

When I give you the numbers 17, 39, and 59, what comes to your mind? No, these are not the numbers they had to keep punching into that computer on Lost. Did they ever explain why they were doing that? Instead of part of the Lost code, these are the game totals for the Baltimore Orioles Brian Roberts for the past three seasons.

Even though Roberts will be the opening day starter, I don’t expect him to make it to the All Star break healthy. Look for Roberts to put up 30 runs, 3 HRs, 20 RBIs, 4 SB, and a .257 AVG.

The Toronto Blue Jays could be using a platoon at second base, although the injury to Brett Lawrie might open the door for Emilio Bonifacio to start the season as the every day second baseman with Maicer Izturis playing third. If only the speedy Bonifacio could field, than he would have the job all to himself.

Look for Bonifacio to put up 60 runs, 3 HRs, 32 RBIs, 33 SB, and a .265 AVG. Izturis will put up 32 runs, 4 HRs, 34 RBIs, 11 SB, and a .264 AVG.

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