Fantasy Baseball Hot Stove: Carlos Quentin, Dayan Viciedo, Andruw Jones
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Perhaps one would perceive that the Friars are in need of sluggers, and so perhaps Quentin appears to qualify as a low-end masher who aspires to fill some of this need. The club may consider locking up the 29-year-old before his final arbitration year concludes.
Roto players will understandably be wary of Quentin now that he moves from the bottle rocket pad called U.S. Cellular Field and to the wide-open spaces of PETCO Park. They'll recall the downturn that an already downturning Ryan Ludwick took once he moved to San Diego.
Quentin's game is somewhat suited to the Fathers' home digs - but only because the park is not as hard on right-handed pull hitters. Roughly half of his batted balls end up high in the sky. They'll be much likelier to fall harmlessly into the opposition's gloves in America's Finest City than they were in the Windy City, where the rawhide favored right-handed bomb droppers more than any other venue.
The right-handed hitter doesn't produce liners very often and is slow afoot, putting his BA in extreme peril. Quentin could prove to be quite a disappointment to anyone who pays market bill.
The swap opens up full-time ABs for Dayan Viciedo in right field, providing some certainty to roto investors. His ability to hit .270 to .300 with 20 or so jacks should make him a fine late-round deep-mixed-league target. In that range, he could produce a fine profit, and he's likely to have value in shallow MLB universes.
The White Sox parted with Quentin for Simon Castro and middle reliever Pedro Hernandez. Castro, a tall and lanky righty, was once one of SD's top prospects, but a disappointing 2011 campaign dampened his outlook. He doesn't coax a great rate of grounders, so it'll be difficult to avoid more problems with the gopher ball should he make it to the Cell. Not a bad piece for Chicago to gamble on, but not someone on redrafters' radar yet.
There's no reason for fantasy baseball players to expect something drastically different from Andruw's 2011 slash line of .247/.356/.495 in 222 plate appearances. The projection should knock off a couple of bombs, at the relative rate, and he'll likely be a drag on the BA, but just barely, because of how much PT he'll receive.
Jones will remain a weak-sided platoon outfielder for the Bombers. This coming season, the Yanks plan to use Jesus Montero at DH, which should limit chances for Jones to fill in there. Jones, 35 in April, is an acceptable fifth or sixth outfielder for AL-only roto players who could use that extra power piece.
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. Follow @NicholasMinnix
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