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 is column is for you: real-world pickups for deep AL- or NL-only leagues.
Brett Carroll, OF, FLA -- The latest addition to the Marlins' parade of outfielders, Carroll will probably only play sparingly at first, backing up Jeremy Hermida and Josh Willingham at the outfield corners. However, a well-timed hot streak could earn him playing time in center at Reggie Abercrombie's expense. Carroll is a lesser-known prospect with good power, a rocket arm and very bad plate discipline. The 24-year-old is best suited for a corner position, but has good range and can handle center field if needed. Because of his plus power, he has an outside chance to become a major league regular. I'm not really optimistic, however, due to his .241 career average in the minors and lousy plate discipline. Abercrombie doesn't have a stranglehold on the job, and Hermida can't seem to stay healthy, so Carroll is worth a flier; bid conservatively, however, and don't bother in keeper leagues unless you're looking for immediate help.