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.
About Tim Heaney
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