Granderson isn’t his spry young self, but at 34 he offers a lot more than most seem to want to believe. Most probably see the .250 average, and look the other way.
However, he bats atop the Mets batting order which has led to him being a tad more patient, but has resulted in 20 runs, four homers, and 12 RBI. The home run and RBI total is a bit underwhelming, but it was only three years ago that he hit 43 homers.
Granderson is going to start hitting home runs, not 43, but probably something along the lines of 20 to 25. He’s clearly starting to heat up with three multi hit games in his past seven, and two homers. Don’t be afraid to take a shot on Granderson just because he is somewhat old, and won’t hit much higher than .250.
Now on to Wilmer Flores. Flores gets a lot of flack for his horrible defense, but who cares? He’s now slashing .250/6/15 on the year. He is second among all shortstop in home runs, and top seven in RBI.
Like Granderson, his batting average isn’t going to impress anyone, but he pretty much has as much power as anyone with shortstop eligibility.
I have no idea how Flores is owned in only 6.8 percent of ESPN leagues. He’s only 23-years-old, and there are going to be bumps along the way, but he offers something that you can’t get from the average shortstop.
The only problem with Flores is that he generally bats toward the bottom of the Mets order which is why he only has 15 RBI on the season.
Shortstop is a pretty weak position, which is why I value Flores so much, but there are a lot of potential free agent additions for the upcoming weeks.
One that comes to mind is Yunel Escobar. Over the past 15 days Escobar is batting .345/0/7 with 20 hits, 11 runs, and no steals. A lot of people want steals from your middle infields, but you aren’t going to get that here.
Escobar hasn’t done much over the past three years, and hasn’t hit better than .258 over that period, but when someone is hot it’s worth taking a shot. Though he’s struggled the past three years, Escobar has three season of a .285 batting average under his belt, so somewhere he may be able to sustain a nice batting average.
Another Escobar with shortstop eligibility, Eduardo Escobar, has been heating up over the past month. In May he’s batting .286 with a homer, 10 RBI, and four three or more hit games.
Escobar also has third base and outfield eligibility so you can use him in a few different spots.
Others to add:
Freddy Galvis: Hitting .355/1/11 on the season with three steals. If you’re after steals he should be the middle infielder to go after.
Anthony Goes: Has somehow kept up a .356 batting average. He won’t get you homers or RBI, but should be a good source of runs and steals in a potent Tigers offense.