Originally posted on We Talk Fantasy Sports  |  Last updated 8/5/13
As far as real life goes, this story revolves around Alex Rodriguez. Considering he hasn't played a game all season long, we couldn't give two hoots about ARod. We are focusing on the players being suspended that will impact Fantasy Baseball and the upcoming Playoffs! Bartolo Colon, Melky Cabrera, and Yasmani Grandal will not face further punishment, as they had already served 50-game suspensions for failing drug tests. Washington's Gio Gonzalez and Baltimore's Danny Valencia, despite being mentioned in early Biogenesis reports, have been cleared of wrongdoing by MLB's investigation. - DeadspinThe biggest name on this list is Nelson Cruz. A middle of the lineup hitter, who is currently ranked 36th overall, 30th amongst hitters and the #12 overall outfielder. His 27 home runs and 76 RBI can not be found on the free agent list, but below we have a couple of options that are swinging a hot bat.Nelson Cruz CBS - Brandon Moss, David DeJesus, Eric Young JR., Gerardo Parra, J.B. Shuck, Jon Jay, Josh Willingham, Leonys Martin, Nate SchierholtzESPN - Brandon Moss, David DeJesus, Eric Young JR., Gerardo Parra, J.B. Shuck, Jon Jay, Josh Willingham, Leonys Martin, Nate Schierholtz, Nick SwisherYahoo - Andre Ethier, Colby Rasus, Evan Gattis, Junior Lake, Leonys Martin, Marlon Byrd, Michael Brantley, Nick Swisher The shortstop position is weak enough as is, so losing Peralta and Cabrera are going to be a BIG problem. Jhonny Peralta has established himself as a top 10 SS and is currently ranked 3rd, thanks to a .305 batting average, 29 doubles, 11 home runs and 54 RBI. Everth Cabrera has used 37 stolen bases to climb the ranks to 5th, even though he has only played in 95 of the Padres 112 games.Jhonny Peralta & Everth CabreraCBS - Alcides Escobar, Brad Miller, Brandon Crawford, Jordy Mercer, Jose Iglesias,Stephen Drew, Zack CozartESPN - Alcides Escobar, Brad Miller, Brandon Crawford, Jordy Mercer, Jose Iglesias, Stephen Drew, Zack CozartYahoo - Alcides Escobar, Alexei Ramirez, Andrelton Simmons, Brandon Crawford, Erick Aybar, Zack CozartTo help you make a season saving decision, we have provided you with the suggested players stats since the All-Star Break:*Stats via Fangraphs *Sorted by WAR table.tableizer-table { border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: ; font-size: 12px; } .tableizer-table td { padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #ccc; } .tableizer-table th { background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold; } NameTeamGPAHHRRRBISBBB%K%BABIPAVGOBPSLGWARAndrelton SimmonsBraves177519381005.30%2.70%0.2460.2710.3200.4860.8Colby RasmusBlue Jays17672318803.00%26.90%0.4780.3540.3730.5080.8Marlon ByrdMets187822211917.70%25.60%0.4080.3100.3720.5070.7Stephen DrewRed Sox1457143910114.00%28.10%0.3790.2980.4040.5110.7Andre EthierDodgers156715288114.90%19.40%0.3170.2730.3880.4910.6Jordy MercerPirates12511605409.80%15.70%0.4320.3560.4310.4670.5Junior LakeCubs18782546712.60%23.10%0.3960.3330.3510.5330.5Brandon CrawfordGiants14441123609.10%15.90%0.2900.2750.3410.5000.4David DeJesusCubs134913036012.20%20.40%0.3940.3020.3880.4190.4Erick AybarAngels176716111549.00%6.00%0.2780.2710.3480.4070.4Nate SchierholtzCubs17581435906.90%24.10%0.3060.2640.3280.5090.4Zack CozartReds15521428507.70%23.10%0.3530.2980.3460.4470.4Brad MillerMariners1675162119110.70%12.00%0.2500.2390.3200.3880.3Brandon MossAthletics14491516718.20%12.20%0.3680.3330.3880.4440.3Jon JayCardinals17611706808.20%26.20%0.4590.3210.3900.4340.3Eric YoungMets167213173711.10%15.30%0.2350.2060.3060.3020.1J.B. ShuckAngels176818112514.40%14.70%0.3150.2860.3090.3970.1Michael BrantleyIndians15561305517.10%12.50%0.2950.2550.3090.3730.1Nick SwisherIndians16691627207.20%27.50%0.3260.2500.3040.3750.1Alexei RamirezWhite Sox17731608634.10%6.80%0.2500.2320.2640.2900Leonys MartinRangers16621516611.60%24.20%0.3260.2590.2790.3790Gerardo ParraDiamondbacks16648051110.90%14.10%0.1700.1430.2500.161-0.2Evan GattisBraves15641517703.10%18.80%0.2860.2420.2660.306-0.3Alcides EscobarRoyals1667901301.50%13.40%0.1580.1380.1490.154-0.6
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