Nick Castellanos nearing eligibility at 3B 

April, 18, 2014
Nick CastellanosDenis Poroy/Getty ImagesNick Castellanos could add third base eligibility as soon as Friday.

Detroit Tigers third baseman Nick Castellanos isn’t quite a third baseman in ESPN standard fantasy formats yet, but it should happen soon. For those who keep wondering about the ESPN rules of eligibility, it takes 10 games in-season to add it, 20 from the previous year. Castellanos, an outfielder in his brief time in the majors last season, played his ninth game of this season at third base Thursday afternoon, contributing a single and a walk in a 7-5 win over the Cleveland Indians. Castellanos hasn’t hit much, but he will, and he’ll look better for fantasy owners with third base eligibility, which figures to arrive Friday night.

For most players in new positions the 10-game threshold already has been passed, making things a bit easier for their owners. Boston Red Sox rookie Xander Bogaerts, a pretty good shortstop but eligible solely at third base in drafts, is now eligible at each position. Because some people continue to ask, we’ll remind that players do not lose eligibility during a season, no matter what position they’re playing. Minnesota Twins first baseman Joe Mauer remains catcher-eligible for all of 2014 and Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera can be used at either corner infield spot this entire season, if one so chooses.