Fantasy Baseball Hot Stove

by Tim Heaney on January 30, 2009 @ 01:00:00 PDT


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Eric Hinske, 1B/OF, Pittsburgh Pirates

The Bucs agreed to terms with the vet, who despite hitting 20 homers and swiping 10 bases in backup and fill-in work hasn't topped a .247 average in each of the last two years. He could be serviceable as depth in NL-only leagues (especially five-outfielder layouts), but don't spend anything more than a late-round pick or a few dollars on him.

Ronny Cedeno, IF, Seattle Mariners

Acquired to give the M's infield depth and possibly push second baseman Jose Lopez or shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt, Cedeno was part of an infield rotation with the Chicago Cubs last year. He has shown minimal speed for a middle infielder and hasn't been anything special offensively. Move along, nothing to see here except in cavernous AL-only networks.

Juan Uribe, IF, San Francisco Giants

He'll be nothing more than a backup infielder with a slim chance of earning the second base job. Don't count on his status improving given the upside choices ahead of him on San Fran's roster. Ignore him on draft day.

Jon Garland, SP, Arizona Diamondbacks

If you want a sufficient major league strikeout total, don't count on this hurler. Garland eats innings but is also heavily prone to contact - a dicey proposition at Chase Field after the departure of free-agent second base vacuum Orlando Hudson. His average of K's per nine innings declined in all but one of the last six seasons. The 29-year-old already has tons of mileage, and he's a risky choice as anything more than roster filler in deep NL-only setups.

Garrett Olson, P, Seattle Mariners

Hope he purchased a multi-city ticket. Olson was swapped again and moves to an even more crowded rotation pool. In 33 MLB starts in the last two seasons, he carries a feeble 6.87 ERA. Though Olson's new home park is more favorable than Camden Yards or Wrigley Field, don't go near him in any draft.

Aaron Heilman, P, Chicago Cubs

Heilman, on the other hand, has a better chance to follow through on his desired conversion to a starter in the North Side. He was disastrous as an interim closer last year with the New York Mets, and his second offseason stop gives him a much better opportunity to earn run support - something that could benefit NL-only managers if they need a bench pitcher from the waiver wire. It would help if his career 7.89 K rate carries over if he makes the rotation.

Russ Springer, RP, Oakland Athletics

Springer has revived his career, combining for a 2.24 ERA in 116 1/3 setup frames in 2007 and 2008; he also moves to an even better pitchers' arena. He's great ratio help in AL-only leagues but should be left as a waiver wire rental in deep mixed games.

Brandon Lyon, CL, Detroit Tigers

For information on this acquisition, please read RP Brandon Lyon potential closer for Detroit Tigers.

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