Javier Baez went 0-for-4 against the Brewers on Tuesday and is now batting .217 (5-for-23) with just one RBI and one run scored over his last five games.
While we're not dismissing Baez' talent in any way, it's important for fantasy owners to see more than just three quick, adrenaline-driven games at Coors Field. He had an outstanding debut, but the cooling off that we've now witnessed over his last five must be acknowledged, especially at this time of year when trade deadlines are approaching and people are trying to sell high. Be careful giving up proven talent for a hot, young name, especially if you are in contention to win your league. Unless you're talking about a keeper league and you're making arrangements for next year, youth and upside over proven talent is probably not the best course of action. ANALYST: Howard Bender
The Saints are reportedly trying to trade Curtis Lofton.
Even after they released Pierre Thomas Wednesday the Saints were still well over the salary cap, and trading Lofton would save New Orleans $5.25 million. Only the Raiders had a worse fantasy defense than the Saints last season, and while trading Lofton probably cannot hurt, it certainly will not help, either. Whichever defense gets Lofton will get a slight bump in fantasy value. Analysis: Steve Pimental
Placido Polanco said he is "90 percent" retired.
The 39-year-old Polanco did not play anywhere in 2014 after batting .260/.315/.302 in 118 games for the Marlins in 2013. Polanco left open the possibility to return to the Marlins, Phillies or Tigers, though if he really wants to win a World Series ring the Phillies are probably out. Some team would probably do well to make Polanco a minor league player/coach like the Cubs did with Manny Ramirez last season. Polanco would have NL-only value with the Phillies or Marlins, but it is hard to believe he could ever again be relevant in mixed leagues. Analysis: Steve Pimental