Fantasy Baseball Hot Stove - AL

by Tim Heaney on January 20, 2010 @ 03:38:08 PDT

 


Also see: Fantasy Baseball Hot Stove - NL

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Catchers

Mike Redmond, Cleveland Indians (signed)

The Tribe needed a vet as insurance for their young crop of backstop. He'll be OK in two-catcher dockets if he gets any notable PT, but he's primarily a backup, per the organization. This may delay Carlos Santana's arrival a bit, but not by enough that you should ignore the youngster.

Jorge Alfaro, Texas Rangers (signed)

The 16-year-old Colombian reportedly has raw power and a noticeable throwing arm. The righty bat's age obviously dictates a waiting period. Remember the name.

First basemen

Tommy Everidge, Seattle Mariners (claimed off waivers from Oakland Athletics)

Jose Valverde, CL, Detroit Tigers
Closing in Motown

He's insurance for Casey Kotchman and a possible DH. Everidge, 26, has displayed decent power and run production in the minors. He's a radar ping in ALs.

Third basemen

Kevin Kouzmanoff, Oakland Athletics (traded from San Diego Padres)

Well, so much for moving to a hitter-friendly environment; on the other hand, half his 18 homers came at PETCO Park. Kouzmanoff's increasing grounder-to-flyball ratio has been killing his growth, but his 20-dinger pop still exists. Though he wouldn't be ideal, the Kouz could make do as a settle option at the hot corner for single-universers.

Infielders

Brian Bixler, Cleveland Indians (traded from Pittsburgh Pirates)

The former second-round pick by the Pittsburgh Pirates hasn't put it together yet. There's a chance whoever wins Cleveland's utility job could also face lefties often; in his brief MLB career, Bix has drastic platoon splits.

Outfielders

Reed Johnson, Toronto Blue Jays (signed to minor league deal)

This vet has done the full-time thing before but works best as a platoon player or reserve; he'll probably compete to be the latter. Johnson has proven to be a handy in-season rental if time opens up; that's how you should view him.

Jeremy Reed, Toronto Blue Jays (signed to minor league deal)

See: Reed Johnson, regarding insurance work. Reed will probably compete with Joey Gathright and Reed Johnson for backup work. Move along.

Starting pitchers

Colby Lewis, Texas Rangers (signed)

The lefty moves from Japan to, in all likelihood, the Rangers' rotation. Arm injuries have robbed the 30-year-old former of some heat, but Lewis developed a cut fastball that contributed to his success overseas. He was rough in the bigs, though.

The 1999 first-rounder might be a Kevin Millwood copy: eat innings by squeaking out of trouble. Of course, he might merely be a stopgap for more promising options, including Derek Holland. AL-only drafters could speculate without commitment.

Kevin Quintanilla, Seattle Mariners (signed)

This 17-year-old righty from El Salvador doesn't warrant your attention until more information comes out on his arsenal and path to the bigs.

Relief pitchers

Jose Valverde, Detroit Tigers (signed)

V recently had consecutive 40-save campaigns and bounced back well from his early-season calf injury in '09. The righty increased his grounder rate for the second straight year. He'll be wild at times, but few stoppers have been as consistent. He's a low-end No. 1 stopper in mixed.

Also see: Fantasy Baseball Hot Stove - NL

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