Is any Tribe infielder worth owning? 

May, 19, 2010
Entering play Tuesday, the Cleveland Indians featured only two hitters who were helping mixed-league owners this season.

One is terrific outfielder Shin-Soo Choo, and the other is a surprise: Austin Kearns, who I view as a sell-high guy. Besides those two, no Indians hitter ranks in the top 300 in ESPN's Player Rater. I wrote about the still-homerless Grady Sizemore in a blog last week, but a recent injury to Asdrubal Cabrera has made people wonder if any Indians infielders are worth owning.

After Choo and Sizemore, Cabrera is the only other Indians hitter owned in more than 26 percent of ESPN standard mixed leagues. With Cabrera breaking his forearm Monday in a freak collision with third baseman Jhonny Peralta -- one of Peralta's few hits this season -- and said to be needing surgery, it's likely he'll miss at least six weeks of action and maybe a lot more, so letting him go would be a wise move. Cabrera had been hitting for average this season (.287), but with no power or speed he didn't make for much of a fantasy option, even at a scarce position. It's a shame because Cabrera stole 17 bases last season, and we at ESPN Fantasy projected him to hit 11 home runs, with 76 RBIs, 83 runs and 18 steals this season. He's not going to reach those figures. I wouldn't wait for Cabrera to return in 10-team leagues.