Shuffle Up: Cameron Maybin, a forced hold

So long as <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/mlb/players/7684/" data-ylk="slk:Cameron Maybin">Cameron Maybin</a> is still standing, he’s in your lineup (AP)
So long as Cameron Maybin is still standing, he’s in your lineup (AP)

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Players at the same price are considered even. No debating the hurt.

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$33 Charlie Blackmon
$33 Mookie Betts
$31 Bryce Harper
$30 Aaron Judge
$26 George Springer
$25 Giancarlo Stanton
$25 Kris Bryant
$24 Marcell Ozuna
$22 Cody Bellinger
$22 J.D. Martinez
$22 Miguel Sano
$22 Nelson Cruz
$21 Trea Turner
$20 Eric Thames
$20 Corey Dickerson
$20 Yoenis Cespedes
$19 Justin Upton
$19 Lorenzo Cain
$18 Jose Ramirez
$18 Wil Myers
$18 Ian Desmond
$18 Matt Kemp
$18 Cameron Maybin
$17 Christian Yelich
$17 Michael Conforto
$17 Eduardo Nunez

It’s a shame Dickerson is held back by his park; over the last calendar year he’s sixth in offensive fWAR, trailing just Trout, Bryant, Blackmon, Betts and Judge. It’s proof that walk rate (5.3 percent) isn’t everything. The big improvement for Dickerson is the show of power against LHPs this year; previously, he’d hold an average against them, but not hit with any authority. Lefty batters who can handle lefty pitchers are usually stars.

The Royals have rebounded nicely in June (ninth in runs) after being the ultimate streaming destination for a while. Cain’s had a big say in that, with a monster .347/.397/.722 month (eight homers). Oddly, he had just two homers into June, and he’s been terrible against left-handed pitching — he usually owns them. He’s a free agent at the end of the year, which means the Royals will likely put him on the market in July. Cain is also a plus defender, attractive to a contending club. We know versatile players are generally underrated — Bill James taught us that — and Cain fits the profile as well as anyone. He does a little bit of everything.

It might seem tricky to make sense of Maybin’s career year, arriving in Season 11. But he’s only 30, he’s always had a pedigree, he’s collecting walks liberally, and he’s the best baserunner in the league right now (AL-high 21 steals, caught just once). We call Maybin a forced hold because his owners can’t trade him with a heavy drop-off priced in, while another owner is unlikely to pay an expectant price. When a story comes out of nowhere like this, you’re better served holding pat; put your established players on the market instead. Keep in mind Maybin batted .315 and had a .383 OBP last year; I don’t see much performance risk here, just injury risk.

I hate to go this low on Conforto because I still believe in the talent and the pedigree. But I do not trust the Mets won’t jerk him around; we’ve seen that story before. I get it, Conforto is in a funk at the moment, but extended periods of time on the bench isn’t good for anyone’s development.

$16 Andrew McCutchen
$16 Ender Inciarte
$16 David Peralta
$16 Jay Bruce
$15 Adam Duvall
$15 Avisail Garcia
$15 Andrew Benintendi
$15 Billy Hamilton
$15 Matt Adams
$15 Steven Souza
$15 Domingo Santana
$14 Jose Bautista
$14 Dexter Fowler
$14 Adam Jones
$14 Keon Broxton
$13 Matt Holliday
$13 Khris Davis
$13 Scott Schebler
$13 Mark Trumbo
$13 Brett Gardner
$13 Carlos Gonzalez
$12 Nomar Mazara
$12 Aaron Hicks
$12 Shin-Soo Choo
$12 Kendrys Morales
$12 Carlos Gomez
$12 Ben Gamel
$12 Mallex Smith

It’s not hard to see the improvement for Souza — walks are way up, and he’s trimmed the strikeouts, too. And while his overall contact rate is unchanged, he’s swinging at fewer bad pitches — and fewer pitches, period. He’s also shown an uptick in pace, which might reflect a more thoughtful, patient approach at the plate. Whatever works.

It pains me to go this low on Hicks because he’s in a great lineup, he’s at the right age for a breakout, and he gets on base at a silly clip. But you worry about the Achilles injury lingering and maybe wiping out his steals, and although Hicks received the vote of confidence over the injured Ellsbury for now, the Yankees aren’t bound to that when Ellsbury is completely healthy. The cloudiness of the situation has to cost Hicks a buck or two, plus he’s never done this for an extended period.

Gamel has a pretty average and he’s earned it, with a bunch of line drives and very little soft contact. But where’s the category juice, man? Just three homers and just two steals through 51 games? Right now, he’s a plus contributor in only two categories — average and runs scored.

$11 Melky Cabrera
$11 Michael Taylor
$11 Jackie Bradley
$11 Hernan Perez
$11 Odubel Herrera
$11 Mitch Haniger
$10 Chris Taylor
$10 Hunter Renfroe
$10 Bradley Zimmer
$10 Yasiel Puig
$10 Trey Mancini
$10 Aaron Altherr
$10 Marwin Gonzalez
$10 Max Kepler
$10 Chris Owings
$10 Gregory Polanco
$9 Whit Merrifield
$9 Stephen Piscotty
$8 Lonnie Chisenhall
$8 Thomas Pham
$8 Brandon Drury
$8 Delino DeShields
$8 Danny Valencia
$8 Brandon Belt
$7 Jacob Marisnick
$7 Kevin Pillar
$7 Jarrod Dyson
$7 Kole Calhoun
$7 Carlos Santana
$7 Byron Buxton
$7 Ian Happ
$6 Jorge Bonifacio
$6 Carlos Beltran
$6 Colby Rasmus
$6 Josh Bell
$6 Denard Span
$6 Curtis Granderson
$6 Josh Reddick
$6 Howie Kendrick
$6 Hunter Pence

At what point will the Astros view the 40-year-old Beltran as someone they need to upgrade from? There’s no plusses in his game anymore — you can’t hide him on defense (he usually DHs), his baserunning is gone, he doesn’t even have an OBP over .300 anymore. The team would be better served using the DH as a rotating rest spot for field players, and/or acquiring another bat when trade season opens. They could also give more time to Marisnick . . . Happ gets a one-buck jump with Kyle Schwarber in the minors; he gets a chance to mark some territory . . . There’s no excuse for Pillar to do what led to his suspension, but maybe the incident is still in his head, distracting him. His OPS dropped 149 points over the last month.

$5 Matt Joyce
$5 Eric Young
$5 Jose Peraza
$4 Adam Frazier
$4 Nick Markakis
$4 Gregor Blanco
$4 Brian Goodwin
$4 Steve Pearce
$4 Joc Pederson
$3 Robbie Grossman
$3 Derek Dietrich
$3 John Jaso
$3 Seth Smith
$3 Rajai Davis
$3 Austin Slater
$3 Tyler Moore
$3 Enrique Hernandez
$3 Lewis Brinson
$2 Ezequiel Carrera
$2 Jason Heyward
$2 Cory Spangenberg
$2 Guillermo Heredia
$1 Jon Jay
$1 Raimel Tapia
$1 Daniel Descalso
$1 Brandon Moss
$0 Taylor Motter
$0 Jose Martinez
$0 Alex Gordon
$0 Chris Young

Courtesy Injury/Suspension Ranks – Not For Debate

$26 Mike Trout
$13 AJ Pollock
$13 Starling Marte
$12 Ryan Braun
$6 Michael Brantley
$5 Yasmany Tomas
$4 Jacoby Ellsbury
$4 David Dahl
$4 Ben Zobrist
$3 Kevin Kiermaier
$3 Jayson Werth
$3 Manuel Margot
$2 Kolten Wong
$2 Leury Garcia

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