Fantasy Baseball Hot Stove - AL
Napoli is going to love his new home. At-bats at catcher, first base and designated hitter await. So does a team that preaches power. He's still one of the top options outside the first three mixed C's, and he'll continue his Victor Martinez-esque AB impact at a lower price (and clip, sadly). His price might jump with this move. Adjust your draft plans accordingly.
You can still count on Wells' 20-homer, healthy RBI production. He goes to a decent lineup. Maybe he steals some more bags; the Halos like to push it on the paths. His new home won't help him as much as Rogers Centre. Though his value doesn't change drastically, keep that in mind.
With starting work in left field, Damon gives the Rays a leadoff hitter. The Rays also boost his swipes potential with their aggressive game. Don't make his ceiling too high for - well, anything, besides runs scored.
Will he play every day? While still a notable rate, his contact percentage continues to drop, and his new park won't help him regain his extra-base punch. If you need a late-round mixed spark, he could fit, but don't overvalue him.
Ramirez will serve as Tampa Bay's main DH but could share at-bats with Damon and others. Though his fly-ball rate took a huge hit, Manny still has sound plate discipline and can mash 20 homers, especially if he doesn't have to play defense.
He's at least showing effort to erase notions of laziness, though, by working on his fitness in the offseason. Even in a less flattering park for bats, Man-Ram can offer a sliver of mixed late-round power similar to what Vladimir Guerrero did for many drafters last year.
After a disappointing 2010, Rivera had little attraction. But he moves to a club that'll offer him several places to play (left field, DH, maybe right field on occasion) and possibly help him harness his pull power (they recently helped someone else with that....). Rivera's pop is worth an AL-only shot and deep mixed waiver wire attention.
The Yanks' new Marcus Thames: Jones will face lefties and can sub in all around the outfield. With his power, that makes him a decent depth outfielder in AL-only.
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