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All-star selections mean little in fantasy leagues

| Monday, July 7, 2003

Fantasy players may try to tell you otherwise in trade talks, but all-star selections mean nothing in most fantasy baseball leagues.

Some formats do include bonuses for all-stars, but otherwise, all-stars really don't gain any value by their selection.

There were plenty of bigger developments in fantasy baseball in the last few days:

  • The Chicago White Sox found out why closer Billy Koch keeps getting traded despite solid save numbers and a dominating fastball: He really doesn't know how to pitch and his numbers are fairly mediocre -- 5-5 with 11 saves and a 5.30 ERA.

    Koch will probably still finish some games and he could get the job back, but for now, manager Jerry Manuel is saying that he will let the situation dictate who he uses to close. That means a few more saves for Damaso Marte .

    Basically, there is no one closer worth having on the White Sox despite the team's recent surge, at least not until Manuel settles on one guy.

  • Jose Jimenez lost his job as the Colorado Rockies' closer. He actually has 19 saves in 21 chances, but the team finally had enough of that 7.09 ERA. Once again, repeat after me: Avoid Rockies' pitchers at all costs.

    Justin Speier and Brian Fuentes will split the job for now, making them even less valuable. With Shawn Chacon on the disabled list, there is absolutely no pitcher in Colorado worth owning.

  • The White Sox found a taker for second baseman D'Angelo Jimenez , trading him to the Cincinnati Reds, so he could stumble back into regular playing time.

    Maybe getting out of Chicago will help and the Great American Bandbox will boost any hitter. Don't go picking him up yet, but keep an eye on Jimenez if you need middle infield help.

  • New York Mets outfielder Jeromy Burnitz hit his 17th home run and pushed his RBI total to 41 yesterday. Much more shocking is that .288 batting average.

    It is time to stop discounting Burnitz. He has never lacked for power and if he hits enough to keep his average respectable, Burnitz will get back into 30 home run, 100-RBI territory.

  • Florida Marlins starting pitcher Mark Redman threw his third complete game this season. Redman is quietly having an excellent season at 7-3 with a 2.80 ERA and 73 strikeouts, and that is with a trip to the disabled list that have kept his numbers down. Redman is a worthy pickup.

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