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Fantasy Baseball: Week 13's 8 Best “Buy Low” Trade Candidates

Joey HnathCorrespondent IJune 20, 2011

Fantasy Baseball: Week 13's 8 Best “Buy Low” Trade Candidates

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    ST. PETERSBURG, FL - JUNE 15:  Outfielder Carl Crawford #13 of the Boston Red Sox fouls off a pitch against the Tampa Bay Rays during the game at Tropicana Field on June 15, 2011 in St. Petersburg, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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    By now, you have a good feel for your fantasy baseball team.  After all, we’re coming up on the All-Star Break.

    Every team could use an additional piece, no matter how far out in front they are at this point of the season.

    In Week 13, there are still several “buy low” trade candidates out there to be had.  Whether they are currently injured, off to a slow start, or both, there are players that will turn it around in time for the fantasy playoffs.

    Here are eight of the best “buy low” candidates for this week.

Chad Billingsley

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    DENVER, CO - JUNE 10:  Starting pitcher Chad Billingsley #58 of the Los Angeles Dodgers delivers against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on June 10, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. Billingsley collected the loss as the Rockies defeated the Dodgers 6-5.  (Ph
    Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

    Chad Billingsley has had a wild 2011 so far, recording a 1.52 WHIP and 4.65 ERA.

    This trend won’t continue for Billingsley, who has a career 3.66 ERA and 1.37 WHIP.

    Billingsley will right the ship and return to his career averages by season’s end.

Martin Prado

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    NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 04: Martin Prado #14 of the Atlanta Braves watches his first inning single against the New York Mets at Citi Field on June 4, 2011 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Christopher Pasatieri/Get
    Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images

    Martin Prado is a fantasy owner’s dream, filling up the box score while being eligible for three different positions.

    However, Prado is now on the DL due to a staph infection and will be out the rest of the month.

    Prado is the catalyst to the Braves’ lineup, and will continue to hit very well when he returns.

Darwin Barney

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    CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 13: Darwin Barney  # 15 of the Chicago Cubs slides into third base against the Milwaukee Brewers on June 13, 2011 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Cubs defeated the Brewers 1-0.  (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
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    After a great start to the season, Darwin Barney now finds himself on the DL.

    He should miss only two weeks with the injury, and is set to resume his great season and build off his .294 average when he returns.

    Trade and stash Barney if your roster can afford it.  It will pay dividends in July and August.

Brian Matusz

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    BALTIMORE, MD - JUNE 12:  Brian Matusz #17 the Baltimore Orioles pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on June 12, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
    Greg Fiume/Getty Images

    After missing the first two months of the season, young Orioles’ ace Brian Matusz still hasn’t found his groove.

    Matusz is currently sporting a 5.60 ERA in his four starts in 2011.

    A great young pitcher, Matusz will surely settle down and have a great second half of the season.

Colby Rasmus

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    ST. LOUIS, MO - JUNE 2: Colby Rasmus #28 of the St. Louis Cardinals hits a grand slam against the San Francisco Giants at Busch Stadium on June 2, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
    Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

    After a good start to the season, Colby Rasmus has cooled off considerably.

    Rasmus’ average is down to .258 and only has five homers on the season.

    Only 24, Rasmus still has a long, bright career ahead of him and will turn it around.  His value is about as low as it can go, so grab him now.

Hanley Ramirez

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    ST. PETERSBURG, FL - JUNE 17:  Shortstop Hanley Ramirez #2 of the Florida Marlins bats against the Tampa Bay Rays during the game at Tropicana Field on June 17, 2011 in St. Petersburg, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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    Hanley Ramirez has had a rough 2011 season, hitting just above the Mendoza line with a .204 average.

    Han Ram still records a good bit of steals, and has shown signs of turning it around lately.

    A perennial top five fantasy player, Ramirez’s value can only go up.

Brandon Morrow

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    TORONTO, CANADA - JUNE 11:  Brandon Morrow #23 of the Toronto Blue Jays throws against the Boston Red Sox in a MLB game on June 11, 2011 at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
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    Before the season, Brandon Morrow was a trendy breakout candidate.  Those expectations haven’t panned out so far in 2011.

    Morrow is currently 3-4 with a 5.02 ERA. 

    However, in two of his last three starts, he has not allowed an earned run.  Unfortunately, in that other start during that span he gave up nine to the Red Sox in just 4.1 innings.

    Though he still has some things to work out, Morrow should right the ship for the most part and be a productive fantasy starter after the All-Star Break.

Carl Crawford

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    NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 08:  Carl Crawford #13 of the Boston Red Sox in action during their game on June 8, 2011 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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    Even before he landed on the DL with a hamstring injury, Carl Crawford was still a good “buy low” candidate.

    In his first season in Boston, Crawford is hitting only .243 with six homers and eight steals.

    Once he returns, look for Crawford to right the ship and still be a 20/20 player in 2011.

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