Fantasy Baseball Hot Stove - NL

by Nicholas Minnix on January 8, 2010 @ 14:00:00 PDT


Also see: Fantasy Baseball Hot Stove - AL

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Miguel Olivo, Colorado Rockies (signed)

He hit 23 bombs (10 at Kauffman Stadium) in 390 at-bats with the Kansas City Royals. How many will he slug while playing half of the time at Coors Field? The 30-something power spike may be on, but 2009's jump was large. Still, this didn't go unnoticed by the Chris Iannetta bounce-back campaign.


Eric Hinske, Atlanta Braves (signed)

St. Louis Cardinals OF Matt Holliday
Cards extend their Holliday

That average is a killer. The 20-homer 2008 seems like a distant memory. The PT required to revisit that season is within reach, though. Troy Glaus and Chipper Jones will man Atlanta's corners, and Hinske is the primary backup for each. Just don't overpay if everyone else is thinking the same thing.


Matt Holliday, St. Louis Cardinals (signed)

This seems like one of the best scenarios for Holliday's fantasy value, considering the damage he did with St. Louis in 253 at-bats. The Cards don't run much, so stolen bases in the low teens seem like a best-case scenario.

Fantasy players love to love Holliday. That won't change now that he's back where he killed it for two months. The good feeling after escaping the Oakland Athletics' purgatory has worn off, though. He should be a high-quality player, but don't get caught up in a bidding war.

Josh Anderson, Cincinnati Reds (signed to minor league deal)

Anderson's favorite team as a child was Cincy. He'll go all out now. Oh boy.

Anderson is one of 139 outfielders who will compete for at-bats in the Reds' outfield. He flashes speed whenever he receives some appearances, but he can't hit lefties. He may be worth an NL end-game grab for the speed-starved.

Starting pitchers

Brett Myers, Houston Astros (agreed)

Myers challenged for the homer title before a hip injury derailed his 2009 season. Is the velocity dip permanent? Things have been heading south that shouldn't be. Houston's ballpark is a slight improvement and the D is OK, but its offense is far less imposing. Myers is unexciting roster filler for now, although he's not devoid of talent. Stay tuned.

Relief pitchers

Danys Baez, Philadelphia Phillies (agreed)

Last season, after a one-year big league hiatus, Baez relied heavily on a splitter and pitched more to contact, with positive results. His rate of gopher-killers to lofts was 2.36, by far his best career mark. That should fit in Philly, too, although he probably won't be a fantasy factor.


Miguel Nunez, Philadelphia Phillies (signed)

Phils international scouting supervisor Sal Agostinelli seemed pretty enthused to sign this Dominican, a 6-foot-6 right-hander. Big kid, but little to go on. You'll hear more about him down the line if he warrants fantasy consideration.

Also see: Fantasy Baseball Hot Stove - AL

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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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