Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) -
When is the best time to buy a stock? When it is at it's lowest point, of course.
If we extrapolate on this theory for fantasy baseball, the best time to trade for a player is when his value is at its low point, very often when the player is injured and not on the playing field.
With that in mind, we will peruse the injured list to see if there are any values available.
Magglio Ordonez - Ordonez's 2008 has not lived up to what was expected of him after a spectacular 2007 in which he batted .363, hit 28 HRs and knocked in 139 runs. It's possible that his slow start and now his right oblique-muscle injury could have some owners "sour" on him. Take a chance and talk to his owner as he and the whole Tigers team should have a much better second half.
David Ortiz - The cost to bring Ortiz to your roster would not be much if you believe the DH can return to form. The Red Sox slugger started this year horribly, but in May batted .318 with eight HRs and 22 RBIs. Ortiz isn't anywhere near ready, not even to begin a rehab assignment, so you shouldn't expect him back for at least six-to-eight weeks at the best.
Alfonso Soriano - Soriano should be ready the week after the All-Star break. When he got hurt he was in the middle of a hot streak, batting .322 from May until he was injured in mid-June. He had scored 29 runs, hit 13 HRs, knocked in 35 and even stole five bases during that time span. After an April injury, it took Soriano less than 10 games to heat up. Because he is almost ready to return, you may not get a great discount, but its worth a phone call.
Rafael Furcal - Furcal was on his way to a great season when he hurt his back. He had put up All-Star numbers over the first 32 games, hitting .366 with five HRs, 16 RBIs, eight steals and 32 runs scored. He was to undergo microdiscectomy on his back last weekend. If he can come back in 2008, he might give you one good month and the cost to acquire him should be minimal.
Hank Blalock - Before getting injured, Blalock had gotten off to a solid beginning, batting .299 with three homers and seven RBIs. Then he pulled a hamstring in late April and has not been seen since. Fantasy owners are always willing to take a shot at Blalock because they remember his performance from 2003-2005 when he averaged 28 HRs and 94 RBIs. However, this is not the same hitter and you should pass on him until he proves he is completely back.
Travis Hafner - You might be tempted to take a shot on Hafner when he is ready to play but this would probably be a waste of a spot on your roster. Even if he does come back soon, and there is still no timetable for his return, he is not the hitter who pounded out an average 32 HRs and 108 RBIs from 2004-2007. This is a hitter who is averaging .217 with four HRs and 44 strikeouts in 46 games.
Chien-Ming Wang - A healthy Wang would be an asset to any owner's roster. He won 19 games in 2006 and 2007 and was 8-2 when he injured his ankle running the bases in a mid-June game. If you are in a keeper league, you will never have a better opportunity to acquire Wang at a lower price.
Chris Carpenter - Carpenter had been the "Ace" of the St. Louis Cardinals staff from 2004-2006 winning 51 games and losing just 18. He is recovering from "Tommy John" surgery and was expected back sometime around the All-Star break. However, during a throwing session in mid-June, Carpenter felt some elbow pain. He saw Dr. Andrews who declared that there was no structural damage, but he is likely two months away. In a keeper league he could be a steal for the 2009 season.
Matt Capps - Capps has avoided shoulder surgery, but will be out until at least late August according to reports. On Monday he flew to Florida to begin rehabbing the injury. Just keep an eye on him and if a few saves late in the year can help you, he might be your guy.
J.J. Putz - Putz has averaged 38 saves over the past two years, so his injury was a blow to those that had him as the mainstay of their bullpen. The bad news is that he probably won't be back anytime in July and an August return is the best you could hope for. With Seattle out of the race, there is little reason to bring him back early, so there isn't much good news here to help us out.
In non-keeper leagues the best value out there might be Ordonez. For those in a keeper league, I would do my best to "steal" Wang.