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Fantasy baseball: The curious case of Mallex Smith

The development of Mallex Smith appears to have hit a wall as the speedy outfielder has been sent back down to Triple-A. Getty Images

Perhaps fantasy managers simply hadn't noticed that Seattle Mariners outfielder Mallex Smith was mired in a brutal 3-for-46 slump -- one that got him demoted to Triple-A Tacoma on Tuesday. Smith was also 8-for-9 on his SB attempts and that was pretty good. Since so many fantasy managers in roto leagues are so desperate for the steals, they were willing to ignore everything else. Smith began Tuesday still rostered in more than 75 percent of ESPN standard leagues. It was an odd showing of patience unlikely to continue the rest of the week.