Fantasy Baseball Hot Stove - Pitchers

by Tim Heaney on December 12, 2008 @ 01:00:01 PDT


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CC Sabathia, SP, New York Yankees

For in-depth analysis on this acquisition, check out Impact Analysis: CC Sabathia, New York Yankees.

A.J. Burnett, SP, New York Yankees

For information on this acquisition, please read New York Yankees add SP A.J. Burnett.

Matt Clement, SP, Toronto Blue Jays

The brittle righty hasn't pitched in the majors since 2006 and struggled in limited minor league work with the St. Louis Cardinals last year. Until he shows something on a major league field, don't worry about drafting him in mixed leagues, but if you need a pitcher in the late rounds of deep NL-only, you could try him out.

Edwin Jackson, P, Detroit Tigers

Jackson could be a candidate to close or slide in as a backend starter. He has raw talent with a powerful fastball, though consistency is always a problem. He would be worth a late-round flier in deep mixed drafts if he were in the mix to close.

Horacio Ramirez, P, Kansas City Royals

The lefty has a chance to earn a rotation spot with the Royals. The 29-year-old sputtered with the Royals and White Sox last year, but the fact that he has a shot at a starting role makes him relevant in AL-only leagues as a reserve pitcher. Don't bank on much, though.

Francisco Rodriguez, CL, New York Mets

For in-depth analysis on this acquisition, check out Impact Analysis: Francisco Rodriguez, New York Mets.

J.J. Putz, RP, New York Mets

For information on this acquisition, please read New York Mets acquire RP J.J. Putz.

Kyle Farnsworth, RP, Kansas City Royals

With Joakim Soria having a firm hold on the closing job in KC, Farnsworth should be on watch lists in AL-only setups because he would probably be next in line for saves if Soria were to miss time.

Aaron Heilman, RP, Seattle Mariners

The righty wants to start, and he had a strong finish to an otherwise rough 2008 season in the New York Mets bullpen. His base value is as an AL-only reserve. If Seattle could convince him to remain in the bullpen, he would have a shot at the vacant closer's job, which makes him one to watch in deep AL-only formats.

Arthur Rhodes, RP, Cincinnati Reds

The seemingly ageless southpaw posted a 2.04 ERA in 35 1/3 combined innings with the Mariners and Florida Marlins last season. The AL-to-NL switch helped him last year (0.68 ERA in 13 1/3 NL innings), and he should be one of the main setup options in Cincy's bullpen. There's potential for the occasional save here.

Sean Green, RP, New York Mets

Green was knocked around often last year in a sloppy Seattle 'pen. The groundball pitcher isn't worthwhile in fantasy baseball leagues without save chances.

Joe Smith, RP, Cleveland Indians

The Indians bullpen was nauseating last year. While Smith (.220 batting average against last year) will help Cleveland solidify their setup crew, he won't be dynamic enough for you to consider except as a waiver wire pickup in AL-only games.

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