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Bengie Molina, San Francisco Giants (re-signed)
San Fran essentially ensures that Buster Posey is not worth a draft pick in single-year mixed leagues. Molina still packs 20-homer punch. However, the direction of his batting average skills suggest he's headed for a Jason Varitek-like drop-off in that area at some point soon. Pay for the power.
Paul Lo Duca, Colorado Rockies (signed to minor league deal)
The Rox would employ him as a super-sub at catcher and first base as well as in left field. He's a shadow, though. Lo Duca would need to do something viable once several injuries occur before he's worth a FAAB bid in NL games.
Jerry Hairston Jr., San Diego Padres (agreed)
The Friars wanted to maintain their grip on the patented "Bro-BI," a chance they afforded themselves when they traded for Scott Hairston prior to this deal.
Jerry Hairston Jr. brings a dash of speed and pizzazz to a dull lineup. His spots - third, short and outfield, for sure; second base, perhaps - make him attractive in NL setups.
Jerry has finagled playing time in previous stops with slightly better options up the middle than David Eckstein and Everth Cabrera. He has produced low-end counting stats when opportunities have arisen. As long as he remains inexpensive, he can be a sound investment.
Scott Hairston, San Diego Padres (traded from Oakland Athletics)
They always come home. It feels that way with Jerry in town. Hairston's story is the same: He has some pop and should be a decent NL buy.
He's expected to platoon with Tony Gwynn Jr. in center, but he's one of the Pads' few vets. Hairston will undoubtedly receive a few more at-bats than other right-handed platoon players. He occasionally makes an OK mixed pickup.
Aaron Cunningham, San Diego Padres (traded from Oakland Athletics)
This fella hasn't grown in his four years with his first three franchises. He was projected to be a 15-20 or 20-20 type at some point, but he hasn't moved toward it. He needs playing time. Ignore him for now.
Jay Payton, Colorado Rockies (signed to minor league deal)
Payton had surgery on his shoulder and missed all of 2009. He's 37 and probably just veteran depth, with all the youth in Colorado.
Cory Sullivan, Houston Astros (signed to minor league deal)
Sullivan could earn the No. 5 outfielder spot with the 'Stros. He needs breaks to rehash his slightly relevant days with the Colorado Rockies.
Brandon Jones, Pittsburgh Pirates (claimed off waivers from Atlanta Braves)
Jones used to be a top-five prospect for Atlanta. There's speculation he'll be traded again. He could make this club, but that's not enough right now.
Vicente Padilla, Los Angeles Dodgers (agreed)
Worth a look?
Padilla is enigmatic, but he has a better chance to succeed in Hollywood than he did in Texas. Check his eight games with the Blue last year. Don't put much stock into them, but he could be a low-upside end-gamer for NL players.
Doug Davis, Milwaukee Brewers (agreed)
They always come home, Part 2. Davis was useful in mixed leagues for a couple of stretches in the first half, but his control continues to evaporate. He warrants no special attention.
It'll be interesting to see who - from Manny Parra, Jeff Suppan and Dave Bush - wins the final two rotation spots. Guess: Parra loses out.
Octavio Dotel, Pittsburgh Pirates (signed)
The Pirates canceled Joel Hanrahan's closer club membership. In mixed leagues, Dotel could be a No. 3 stopper. He has the stuff - witness his strikeouts per nine - to do the job. However, he issues way too many free passes and hasn't demonstrated great resolve in the top spot.
Hanrahan and Evan Meek, maybe, could still be speculative options in the 'Burgh.
Brendan Donnelly, Pittsburgh Pirates (agreed)
The righty is recovered from elbow reconstructive surgery and was solid in limited work with the Florida Marlins last year. He could be up being filler in deep NL leagues after your auction.
Brandon Medders, San Francisco Giants (re-signed)
The former prospect posted an OK ERA but needs to show more before he's noticed.
Santiago Casilla, San Francisco Giants (signed to minor league deal)
The righty throws hard, but his aim is becoming worse. Just know where bits of talent reside.
Charlie Zink, St. Louis Cardinals (signed)
The Boston Red Sox used to be somewhat high on this knuckleballer who put up solid numbers at Double-A and Triple-A. You never know, but file this in "Unlikely to need."
Also see: Fantasy Baseball Hot Stove - AL
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