Fantasy Baseball Hot Stove

by Tim Heaney on January 9, 2009 @ 01:00:00 PDT


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Jason Giambi, 1B, Oakland Athletics

For information on this acquisition, please read 1B Jason Giambi returns to the Oakland Athletics.

Milton Bradley, OF, Chicago Cubs

For information on this acquisition, please read Chicago Cubs adding OF Milton Bradley.

Pat Burrell, OF, Tampa Bay Rays

For information on this acquisition, please read OF Pat Burrell to join Tampa Bay Rays.

Rocco Baldelli, OF, Boston Red Sox

With his protein disorder properly diagnosed, the Woonsocket, R.I. native should be in better game shape to be the Sox's No. 4 outfielder. Baldelli is an end-game option in deep mixed leagues but should go sooner in AL-only formats. Put him on your watch list if he goes undrafted; he could contribute more if outfielder J.D. Drew sustains another injury or outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury can't handle full-time duty.

Mark Kotsay, OF, Boston Red Sox

The backup outfielder and first baseman shouldn't be anything more than a waiver wire acquisition during an AL-only season.

John Smoltz, SP, Boston Red Sox

He isn't expected to enter game action until May or June, but Smoltz (shoulder) should earn significant attention in deep mixed and AL-only drafts. If you plan on using one of your last two picks on a stash-worthy player, Smoltz would be a good candidate if someone doesn't overvalue his name. Mimic the Sox; grab him if he's at your fingertips to round out your roster.

Randy Johnson, SP, San Francisco Giants

For more in-depth analysis, check out Impact Analysis: Randy Johnson, San Francisco Giants.

Tim Redding, SP, Washington Nationals

The soon-to-be 31-year-old started out 2008 with a serviceable 3.71 ERA through May but soon fell into his normal mediocrity for the rest of the year. He stands to be at the back end of a Mets rotation with a bolstered bullpen, and Redding could be a late-rounder in NL-only setups.

Carl Pavano, SP, Cleveland Indians

He showed minimal flashes in his last two months as a New York Yankee, but Pavano is expected to sit in the back of the Tribe's rotation if he can stay healthy. If you feel like making a high-risk, moderate-reward pick, only consider the injury magnet in deep AL-only drafts.

Koji Uehara, SP, Baltimore Orioles

Due to turn 34 before the 2009 season, Uehara, a swingman in Japan, will likely be entrenched in Baltimore's rotation. The eight-time All-Star in Japanese baseball saved 32 games in 2007. View the righty as a draft flier in AL-only setups and a watch list candidate elsewhere.

Brian Fuentes, CL, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

For in-depth analysis on this acquisition, check out Impact Analysis: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim bullpen .

Trevor Hoffman, CL, Milwaukee Brewers

For information on this acquisition, please read Milwaukee Brewers bringing CL Trevor Hoffman aboard.

Tyler Walker, RP, Seattle Mariners

Another hat is thrown into the Seattle closer ring; the ratio-killing Walker had two stints as closer for the San Francisco Giants (23 saves in 2005 and 10 in 2006). He joins a cluster of options that could close. Although you should give him some credence in deep AL-only universes, avoid taking Walker in mixed leagues until Seattle indicates its bullpen direction. Be prepared to pick him up following the draft.

Also see: Fantasy Baseball Hot Stove archive

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