2013 Fantasy Baseball: Jose Reyes Must Have Angered the Baseball Gods

By Brian Fischler
John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

When Tom Hanks said in the movie A League of Their Own, “there’s no crying in baseball.” He obviously couldn’t have imagined the way the Toronto Blue Jays Jose Reyes would slide in to second base.

I love to over analyze things. Hey, it’s my job after all. Could it have been foreshadowing that the Blue Jays pulled Reyes from the game the night before reportedly due to the chance of rain?

The baseball gods can be very fickle like that, and could also been striking out at Reyes to get back at him for the way he won the batting title in 2011 with the New York Mets. I’ve also heard that the baseball gods aren’t big fantasy baseball players, so they probably weren’t thinking of you when they exacted their revenge on Reyes.

If you are like me, and don’t have a shrine to pray to the baseball gods for a quick return for Reyes to your fantasy team, take a look at the waiver wire. Early reports have Reyes out anywhere from a month to three months, so you can’t cut him. You are either lucky and don’t currently have anyone occupying your DL spot, or you will have to stash him on your bench until we get some further updates.

Here’s a list of three players who will be on most standard 10 team league waiver wires. While these guys won’t contribute anywhere near what Reyes would, it’s the best you can do until you can make a trade for a shortstop. The Milwaukee Brewers Jean Segura (1 HR, .429 AVG), Cincinnati Reds Zack Cozart (2 HRs, .114 AVG), and the Boston Red Sox Stephen Drew, who was recently activated from the concussion list.

Outside of Segura, none of these guys have much upside, so you will have to keep an eye on your league waiver wire to see if you can get lucky and jump in on a shortstop who gets hot and just ride the hot streak. Should you be in a league with people who aren’t very active, maybe you will get lucky and the Oakland Athletics‘ Jed Lowrie will still be sitting there for you to scoop him up, but it’s doubtful he will be available in most leagues.

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