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MLB The Show 17 Marketplace Advice | April 21

Two weeks ago, we took a look at the MLB The Show 17 Diamond Dynasty marketplace and offered advice on players to buy low and sell high on. It was a little tough to make predictions not knowing how the market would shake up.

You can find that article here.

There were some hits (read the outfield section if you are ever thinking “what an idiot” at any point through this article) and definitely some misses. There will probably be more of the same this time, but it will hopefully be a little easier to predict now that we get an idea of how price fluctuates with performance. The next change will probably come with a roster update when we get an idea of how the market will react.

Here’s our advice this week:

Starting Pitchers

  • Sell high

Jon Lester is solid in the game, but I don’t see him as someone the market will stay in love with. Right now he can sell for 25,000, but as other pitchers improve and gamers earn more stubs, I don’t think they’ll be willing to spend that many on Lester; instead they’ll save for a Corey Kluber, Stephen Strasburg or Chris Sale.

Some lesser options to sell while their value is higher than I think it will be: Kyle Hendricks (3,000), Cole Hamels (7,256) and Rick Porcello (2,040).

Players to hold to see how the market develops: Jacob deGrom (14,001), Chris Archer (12,125), Zack Greinke (5,605), Dallas Keuchel (4,900).

Relief Pitchers/Closers

  • Sell high

Andrew Miller makes the list again at 101,000, although I recommended him last time at around 60,000. Whoops. New this week is Seung Hwan Oh. He can be nasty in the game with his splitter, but if he regresses in real life then so will his ratings in the game. Sell Oh for 9,200 and buy Cody Allen (2,350) and Jeurys Familia (3,075) and your bullpen is better plus you have stubs to spend.

  • Buy low

With Jeurys Familia set to return, now may be the lowest his price will be at 3,075. I’m still on the Edwin Diaz (97) train as well. His fastball-changeup-slider mix is tough to face.

I’m holding Craig Kimbrel at 5,275. He could be a 10,000 guy, or he could be a 2,000 guy. It’s worth waiting it out for now.

Catchers

  • Sell high

Buster Posey’s price is down about 8,000 from the last time we did this, so I’m still recommending to sell him, although the alternate option of Jonathan Lucroy’s price is going up from 10,000 to 13,501. Hurry up.

  • Buy Low

Wilson Ramos at 160 is probably the biggest bargain out there. He’s an offensive catcher with power and vision, plus his 78 fielding and 76 arm play well behind the plate protecting against base-stealers.

I’m holding Lucroy at 13,501. He could be worth somewhere in the 20,000s soon, and his price probably will never be below 10,000, so it’s safe to wait out a sale even with his price rising.

First Basemen

  • Sell high

I recommended selling Matt Carpenter for 6,986 last time. He’s going for 10,725 now. Still sell. Wil Myers dropped to 800 at one point, but he rode a wave back up to 2,116. I’m selling him there.

  • Buy low

The stars I recommended buying low were Freddie Freeman and Anthony Rizzo. Rizzo’s slow start to the season has his price dropping from 22,100 to 16,500. Freeman’s hot start has his price up from 12,755 to 24,002. Freeman will be a diamond soon, and Rizzo will probably join him at some point this season. I’m still buying both. Even at Freeman’s price, it’ll be a discount now compared to later and he’s someone who will stay on your team forever.

For smaller budgets, take a look at Jose Abreu (150), Victor Martinez (100) and Brandon Belt (301).

I’m holding Rizzo. Don’t sell him because you’re not getting enough value and it’s hard to see his value continuing to fall.

Second Basemen

  • Sell high

Last time we said to sell Ian Kinsler at 10,900; he’s now going for 6,940. This week, look to sell Brian Dozier still. He’s going for 12,750, and second base is deep enough that you can get someone just as good for less and spend stubs elsewhere.

  • Buy low

I’m sticking with my picks last week of Jason Kipnis (2,945) and Rougned Odor (483). Odor is off to a slow start, but still solid all around and figures to improve. Kipnis hasn’t played yet this season, so it’s the last chance to buy low on him before he gets into game action. If he plays well, his price will rise. If he doesn’t, I don’t envision it dipping much.

For smaller budgets, take a look at Devon Travis (73), Jose Peraza (71), Kolten Wong (27) and Brandon Drury (21).

CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 01: Cleveland Indians Second base Jason Kipnis (22) hits a home run during the fifth inning of the 2016 World Series Game 6 between the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians on November 01, 2016, at Progressive Field in Cleveland, OH. Chicago defeated Cleveland 9-3. (Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

(Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

Third Basemen

  • Sell high

Jung Ho Kang might not play this season, and if he does, it’s hard to imagine him playing well with everything else he has going on in addition to the layoff. He can be sold for 6,434 before someone at San Diego Studios looks up and realizes they need to change his power vs. righties from 85 to 65.

  • Buy low

Kyle Seager made the list last time, and he’s still in play here at 6,500. Anthony Rendon looks good at 96, and it’s probably time to believe in Jose Ramirez. He’s fast, can play fine defense and has incredible contact and vision. He’s going for 652 and can play multiple positions.

There are a ton of really good cheap options at third base as well. Pretty much buy anyone on Page 2.

Hold on Justin Turner. You aren’t spending the stubs you gain from his 5,225 sale price on another third baseman that you couldn’t afford otherwise, so wait to see if he can get up to the 10,000 range.

Shortstops

  • Sell high

I’m still selling Francisco Lindor if you have him. Previous recommendation said to sell him at 77,000. He’s 82,388 now. I’m adding Jonathan Villar to this list. His slow start is fuel for those who didn’t believe in his season last year. He’s leading the majors in strikeouts and hitting .138. In the game, he doesn’t offer much besides speed. He’s solid, but I’m selling him at 14,500, especially when I can buy Xander Bogaerts (5,000) or Carlos Correa (4,375) for that.

  • Buy low

Carlos Correa was the pick here last week at 8,743, and now he looks even better at 4,375.

For those with a smaller budget looking to plug someone in and play, look at Asdrubal Cabrera. He’s not a nice fielder with a 76 arm and 69 rating, but he can hit for power against righties and has great contact vs. lefties. He can be had for 37 stubs. I also like Jean Segura (195) and Aledmys Diaz (36) still.

Outfielders

  • Sell high

Mike Trout, as good as he is, is still a must-sell for me. He’s down to 221,853 from 237,000. I don’t think you’ll miss the spare change if you didn’t sell him before. At the beginning of the season, the three others on my list to sell were Giancarlo Stanton, Andrew McCutchen and Nelson Cruz. I took my own advice on Cruz, although it took me a couple days; he was worth 16,000 at time of publish and is now 9,400. Stanton was 22,890 and is now 17,005. McCutchen was 13,140; he’s 10,000 now.

I thought about making sure I used that paragraph under each position just as a reminder that I got at least one right.

The new addition to the list is Ryan Braun. He’s a solid player, although his fielding and arm ratings would personally drive me crazy. He’s one of the best hitting options in the outfield, but at 15,336, I can replace him with someone else and come out ahead. It’s a little bit of a risk because it wouldn’t surprise me to see him at 20,000 one day, but I’m betting it’s more likely to be 10,000 some day.

I’m holding Starling Marte. The inclination may be to sell him assuming that his price drops, but I’m guessing he maintains his 15,100 price and he’s still a great player to use.

  • Buy low

A.J. Pollock (7.738) makes the list again, but at a better value. Christian Yelich (8,400) is getting more expensive but still reasonable if you have the budget.

New this week is George Springer at 782. His vision is lower than I’d prefer, but his overall game makes up for it. Plus, it’s nice when he has three cold zones at the top of the strike zone, so you know inexperienced players are throwing you fastballs there all day.

There are still plenty of options under 100 stubs that I’d be comfortable actually using. Take your pick.

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