Fantasy Baseball Hot Stove - NL

by Nicholas Minnix on January 14, 2010 @ 03:49:20 PDT

 


Also see: Fantasy Baseball Hot Stove - AL

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First basemen

Adam LaRoche, Arizona Diamondbacks (agreed)

You know the deal: Sometime around the midway point, LaRoche will shift from platoon play mode into very good slugger mode. The D-backs are aggressive, so he fits right in. Chase Field should offset - slightly - that gradual drop in power.

Aubrey Huff, San Francisco Giants (agreed)

The extent of Huff's experience in the NL is a homer-happy half of a season with the Houston Astros. That was three and a half years ago. Huff is still capable of a surprising like he did in 2008, but his baseline performance is much closer to those of 2007 and 2009. He may be a better mid-range NL buy than a mixed end-gamer because depth in the NL is questionable.

Shortstops

Nick Green, Los Angeles Dodgers (signed to minor league deal)

The 31-year-old was unexpectedly productive at the bottom of the BoSox's lineup when called upon in the first half. View that stretch as a sample from an outlier. Green is the Blue's new Juan Castro.

Starting pitchers

Aroldis Chapman, Cincinnati Reds (agreed)

He's incredibly intriguing but not worth much of a keeper investment. Chapman's fastball has been clocked at 102 mph. His stuff is nasty. Beyond that, what can you trust?

Chapman didn't consistently dominate international competition. There are rumors that he's 26, not 21. Scouts are split on his ability to succeed. Most Cuban pitchers (for several reasons) have barely registered on the big league radar.

Relief pitchers

D.J. Carrasco, Pittsburgh Pirates

The Bucs needed a reliable arm in the 'pen. In their state, Carrasco qualifies. He's highly unlikely to amount to anything, but in the 'Burgh, there is no certain closer. Don't rule out a barebones free-agent bid.

Also see: Fantasy Baseball Hot Stove - AL

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Minnix is baseball editor and a fantasy football analyst at KFFL. He plays in LABR and Tout Wars and won the FSWA Baseball Industry Insiders League in 2010.

The University of Delaware alum is a regular guest on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Baltimore's WNST AM 1570.


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