If You're Hardcore: Kurt Suzuki arrives

Are you tired of columns telling you that the smart "pickups" each week are players who are already owned in your league … and more often than not sold for real money at auction? If you're hard-core, then this column is for you: real-world pickups for deep AL- or NL-only leagues.


Kurt Suzuki, C, OAK -- The Jason Kendall trade opens the catcher position for 23-year-old rookie Kurt Suzuki. Suzuki's best attribute is his outstanding plate discipline. He'll be a solid major-league regular, probably hitting around .270 with 10-12 home runs per year once he settles in. Suzuki's defense improved dramatically last year, so it will be easier for Oakland to be patient with him. He's worth a substantial bid in both keeper and single-year leagues.