Originally written July 07, 2012 on Baseball Professor:
Back on June 22, Alex Rios was slashing .288/.330/.467. He had eight homers and nine steals with 37 RBI and 32 runs scored. He was a top-100 player, a draft day steal, and impossible to trade. I aggressively shopped Rios for a week, asking for straight-up trades for players like Colby Lewis (ranked 94), Matt Garza (255), and Ian Kennedy (307). One guy hated Rios so much he wouldn’t even give me an injury-striken, DL-occupying Brandon McCarthy (133) despite having a starting four-man outfield of Michael Bourn, Colby Ramus, Lucas Duda, and Yoenis Cespedes. Two weeks later, I’m glad everyone in my league hates Rios. In those two weeks all Rios has done is slash .444/.444/.704 in 54 at-bats (that’s right, he literally hasn’t walked once) with three homers, four steals, 10 RBI and a whopping 13 runs scored, good for the fourth-best line in fantasy over that span. Over the last month Rios has been the sixth-best player. He’s climbed all the way to 28th-best on the season. And it’s because...

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