Fantasy Baseball Hot Stove

by Tim Heaney on December 19, 2008 @ 00:00:00 PDT


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KFFL delivers the fantasy baseball spin on each Major League Baseball Hot Stove deal that matters in your fantasy baseball league. Check back for frequent updates.

Brad Eldred, 1B, Washington Nationals

Eldred is a former Pittsburgh Pirates prospect with tremendous power who never lived up to expectations. The 28-year-old bashed a career-high 35 homers at Triple-A Charlotte (Chicago White Sox) last season, but selectivity remains his weakness. He's barely - barely! - on deep NL-only radars.

Aaron Boone, IF, Houston Astros

Boone has never been the same since he suffered a torn ACL in his left knee and missed the entire 2004 season. Boone also endured a medial meniscus tear in the same knee about three and a half seasons later. He'll be in the mix for at-bats at third base. He can serve as a low-end reserve in deep NL-only formats.

Joel Guzman, IF, Washington Nationals

The 24-year-old was one of the Los Angeles Dodgers' top prospects just a couple of years ago, but it didn't take him long to fizzle out. Don't forget about him in very deep NL-only setups in case he's a late bloomer; he belted a career-high 20 jacks for Triple-A Durham (Tampa Bay Rays) last season.

Joey Gathright, OF, Chicago Cubs

The speedster is expected to battle for a reserve spot this season, but his ability to swipe bases and trade rumors surrounding Felix Pie could help his cause. He stands as a late-round reserve for steals in NL-only setups; he may fetch a couple of bucks.

Jason Michaels, OF, Houston Astros

The 32-year-old is at best a fourth outfielder, but he's an effort player. Injuries have forced him into full-time duty and thus league-specific relevance in the past. He's a viable No. 5 outfielder as a free-agent pickup in such setups.

Trot Nixon, OF, Milwaukee Brewers

This is merely lip service for a 34-year-old who was mixed-worthy when he was with the Boston Red Sox. He couldn't stick with a big-league club last year. Don't expect that to change based on his last couple of seasons.

Javier Vazquez, SP, Atlanta Braves

For in-depth analysis on this acquisition, check out Impact Analysis: Javier Vazquez, Atlanta Braves.

Chan Ho Park, P, Philadelphia Phillies

Park surprised fantasy owners with an effective 2008 - he was used more often as a reliever but flashed some effectiveness in five starts. The Phils may even give him a chance to earn the No. 5 rotation spot. He's someone to take a chance on at the end of NL-only drafts.

Kerry Wood, CL, Cleveland Indians

For in-depth analysis on this acquisition, check out Impact Analysis: Kerry Wood, Cleveland Indians.

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