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Bobby Abreu tops 'oldies but goodies' list

Updated: February 17, 2011, 2:00 PM ET
By Eric Karabell
Bobby Abreu is not a young man, at least in terms of major league baseball years. He'll turn 37 during spring training, his defense has become even more of a liability than in past seasons, and he's coming off a year in which he posted his worst OPS since becoming a full-time regular in 1998. Yep, go ahead and pass on this guy … and I'll gladly draft him in the 10th round. His numbers warrant that.

Many fantasy baseball owners want nothing to do with an "old guy," even if he remains productive, and this discrimination shows in draft rankings and results. Yes, older players are more at risk of suddenly hitting a statistical wall or seeing their production decline, but Abreu finished the 2010 season as fantasy's No. 87 player overall, according to the ESPN Player Rater, and No. 32 among outfielders. I wouldn't say Abreu's run of being fantasy-relevant is over yet.

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