7) Alfonso Soriano, OF, Chicago Cubs
Team: Michael Stein, The Hardball Times | Roster
With one outfield spot still vacant, I was debating between Soriano and Torii Hunter. In the end I opted for Soriano who had a renaissance season in 2012 with over 30 home runs and 100 RBI. Even if he regresses a bit this year, it is hard to argue with getting at least 20 home runs and 80 RBI from a 5th outfielder. He gets to play half his games at the Friendly Confines, which is always a good thing. While he is the subject of trade rumors again, he is the type of power hitter who can hit long balls no matter what park he calls home.
Hart of gold at this pick?
8) Torii Hunter, OF, Detroit Tigers
Team: Jeff Paur, RTSports | Roster
I almost grabbed Hunter a few rounds back but went with other options, which looks like a good idea at this point. I don't expect Hunter to repeat last season by any means but he can hit .280 with 15 homers, 80 runs and RBIs, and a few steals. I'm happy with him as my fourth outfielder.
9) Corey Hart, 1B/OF, Milwaukee Brewers
Team: Bill Macey, Baseball HQ | Roster
Hart is coming at a deep discount due to the off-season knee surgery that will keep him sidelined for the start of 2013. If he can come back by June 1, he has the raw power to top 20 HR over the remainder of the season.
10) Steve Cishek, RP, Miami Marlins
Team: Ray Flowers, Baseball Guys/SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio | Roster
Wanted Hart who was taken a pick ahead. Therefore decided to make the plunge with my first closer. Stronger skills than Jim Johnson who had 51 saves last year.
11) Jim Johnson, RP, Baltimore Orioles
Team: Mark Bloom, RotoExperts/SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio | Roster
People are really down on Johnson. While it's true that he doesn't have a high K rate, he does have the confidence of his manager which should make him a virtual lock for 40 saves this season. Plus he is now my 3rd closer, so I have pretty happy.
12) A.J. Burnett, SP, Pittsburgh Pirates
Team: Josh Shepardson, Baseball Prospectus | Roster
Burnett revived his career last season after posting ERAs north of 5.00 for the Yankees in 2010 and 2011. It wasn't a case of catching National League hitters off guard either, as he was better after the All-Star break than before it.
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