Fantasy Baseball Hot Stove - NL
Corner infieldersAubrey Huff, San Francisco Giants (re-signed)
He returns to the scene of success - a good thing. But doesn't it seem like the key to Huff's fantasy baseball value is whether people see him coming? He won't be hidden, this year, but he could be a solid corner man. The move will have some effect on Brandon Belt's chances of making the club out of ST.Juan Miranda, Arizona Diamondbacks (traded from New York Yankees)
Miranda may get to compete with Brandon Allen for the club's first base job in spring training. If he doesn't, he'll likely be on the roster anyway, because he's out of options. Miranda has hit .253 with four homers in 83 major league at-bats in three seasons. The Yanks liked him but had nowhere to put him. The 27-year-old could be worth a reserve look in deep NL leagues.
Middle infieldersClint Barmes, Houston Astros (traded from Colorado Rockies)
The Astros were desperate for some veteran a middle infielder besides Jeff Keppinger. Barmes' moderate power and defense haven't been enough to offset his shortcomings in the getting-on-base department for the past year-plus in Colorado. That probably won't change in Houston, but Barmes should have a leg up on Angel Sanchez and Tommy Manzella.
PitchersFelipe Paulino, Colorado Rockies (traded from Houston Astros)
Injuries have taken their toll for the past few seasons on a right-hander who was once one of Houston's top prospects. Colorado has had plenty of success in turning around some wild fire-ballers with serious control problems. If Bob Apodaca converts Paulino into more of a ground-ball pitcher, the sky might be the limit. But let's not get ahead of ourselves; this is likely to be a slow process, if it even pays dividends in 2011. Paulino gets a shot at a rotation spot in ST, though, and is worth monitoring in deep leagues.
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