How thankful are these 10 fantasy baseball players for their new homes?

      November 26, 2013 @ 15:58:49 PDT

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Cue topical holiday blog: a countdown of fantasy baseball players, in ascending order of how thankful we should be for their new landing spots.

10) David Murphy, OF, Cleveland Indians

2013 at Arlington: .243/.300/.435. 2013 on the road: .198/.264/.315. That .365/.407/.568 career line at Progressive Field has only come in 74 at-bats. Let's not kid ourselves.

9) Chris B. Young, OF, New York Mets

Even though RHBs have been ... OK in the pitcher's maven of Citi Field, it's an offense worse than Oakland's. Yawn.

Texas Rangers 2B Ian Kinsler
He'll miss Texas

8) David Freese, 3B, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Lineup is decent, which will help the ancillary counting cats, but the Big A is death to middling, grounder-suppressed, right-handed power.

7) Ian Kinsler, 2B, Detroit Tigers

He'll top a lineup that just lost the masher for whom he was traded. It still has Miguel Cabrera and some promising youth and/or stable pieces, so Kinsler should still enjoy across-the-board production as a top-10 mixed keystoner. Counting on 20 homers playing half his games herewith his erratic power, however, is ambitious.

6) Jhonny Peralta, SS, St. Louis Cardinals

Remember kids: You'll be rewarded if you stay in drugs and don't do school. Wait, what? Busch Stadium quells the thump from righty sticks, but Peralta just seems to hit more comfortably at home regardless of how arm-friendly home is. It's a similarly skilled lineup, maybe even a bit better, so don't doubt him more than the PEDs have made you.

5) Peter Bourjos, OF, St. Louis Cardinals

His opportunity depends on what St. Louis does in free agency and with the rehab of Oscar Taveras (ankle). But the BA bane at least has intriguing power-speed skills and heads to an organization that cultivates a hitter's ability to make contact. His raw skills and elite glove could give him as much as a two-month window to prove he should stick.

4) Prince Fielder, 1B, Texas Rangers

Not like you wouldn't draft him in the first two rounds anyway (last year's power drop was a fluke, influenced by unfortunate off-the-field circumstances), and ... come on. It's one of the best hitter's parks in the league. It's just gravy with this competitor for top fantasy first-sacker of 2014.

3) Tim Hudson, SP, San Francisco Giants

He needed to stay in a favorable National League pitching environment to sustain back-end mixed utility and increase the odds of cementing his K/9 and K% jumps. He'll turn 39 in July but should squeeze out one more sturdy fantasy campaign.

2) Dan Haren, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers

Transport a lot of Hudson's writeup to here. Haren's vast second-half improvements (keeping the ball down), aggressive new supporting lineup and move to a relatively safe Chavez Ravine give him new life. Maybe there's something to the Zack Greinke connection.

1) Brian McCann, C, New York Yankees

Look at this photo. Expect to pay a Pinstripe surcharge, but it looks like 20 homers are a porch-infused winning bet. Health? That's another story.

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