Fantasy Baseball Hot Stove - NL

by Nicholas Minnix on February 4, 2010 @ 00:00:00 PDT

 


Also see: Fantasy Baseball Hot Stove - AL

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First basemen

Kevin Millar, Chicago Cubs (signed to minor league deal)

The Cubbies already have insurance at first base and in left field with Chad Tracy and Micah Hoffpauir on the roster. Millar is a nice clubhouse addition, but he's unlikely to have fantasy significance without other developments.

Shortstops

Orlando Cabrera, Cincinnati Reds (signed)

O-Cab's skills deteriorated last year - more notably, on defense. That makes this addition, while not surprising, perhaps a little curious. The Reds traded a good defender in Alex Gonzalez last year and allowed defensively adroit Paul Janish to fill in. How will this affect Cincy's arms?

The move could be a relative boon for Cabrera's bat, given the ballpark. He came alive after he left the hitter's purgatory of the Oakland Athletics. You can probably kiss noteworthy speed contributions goodbye, but he's still a solid NL pickup, at least.

Infielders

Aaron Miles, Cincinnati Reds (traded from Oakland Athletics)

The real Aaron Miles: somewhere between 2008 and 2009. He'll be backing up a somewhat fading infield and would therefore be worthy of speculation. That is, if his contributions would warrant it.

Melvin Mora, Colorado Rockies (signed)

He picked a good locale to attempt to resurrect his career as a hitter, but he wasn't successful in the Baltimore Orioles' hitter's haven as it were. As a utility player, Mora is nothing more than a wait-and-see chip.

Outfielders

Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Dodgers (signed)

Injuries have dogged him, particularly last year, and he'll serve as the fourth outfielder in Hollywood. That means he'll spell Manny Ramirez once or twice a week. That's all you can depend on.

Frank Catalanotto, New York Mets (signed to minor league deal)

He's simply more veteran insurance in the Mets' outfield. Without trades or negative updates on Carlos Beltran (knee), Catalanotto's signing is a reminder that Fernando Martinez will begin the season as Triple-A Buffalo.

Relief pitchers

Jeff Weaver, Los Angeles Dodgers (re-signed to minor league deal)

Weaver will compete for (and should win) a spot in the Blue's bullpen. The righty was solid for LA in that role last year, but he posted a better ERA as a starter.

His ability to swing around for a few games no doubt was attractive considering that the rotation is loaded with inexperience and the final two spots are up for grabs. He might be worthy of NL reserve space, at least, at some point.

Guillermo Mota, San Francisco Giants (agreed to minor league deal)

The righty should make the club and provide a bit of a solid veteran presence. However, he was fairly fortunate last year (a scoreless streak of 20 1/3 innings at one point) and is unlikely to hold fantasy value.

Seth McClung, Florida Marlins (signed to minor league deal)

The righty is competing with fellow (to varying degrees) retreads Derrick Turnbow and Jose Veras for setup duties. This paints a glorious picture of Florida's bullpen. McClung may have value at some point but isn't worth investigation in drafts yet.

Also see: Fantasy Baseball Hot Stove - AL

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About Nicholas Minnix

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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