Fantasy Baseball Hot Stove - AL

by Tim Heaney on February 3, 2010 @ 00:00:00 PDT


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First basemen

Ryan Garko, Seattle Mariners (signed)

Garko offers Seattle insurance at both outfield and first base. His flyball rate has dropped in each of the last two years, making him a moderate commodity even if the 29-year-old earns regular reps. AL drafters should take note if they need to fill out their bench.


Adam Rosales, Oakland Athletics (traded from Cincinnati Reds)

Rosales, 26, logged time at each infield spot last year and serves as major league depth, but his best shot to contribute comes at shortstop, where penciled-in starter Cliff Pennington remains an uncertain asset. Rosales can take a walk but needs to make harder contact. Keep tabs of Oakland's 6 battle, ALers.


Eric Byrnes, Seattle Mariners (signed)

Eric Byrnes, OF, Seattle Mariners
Worth a look?

The vet may wind up with ample playing time anyway; Milton Bradley (injuries) and Michael Saunders (youth) are far from reliable. Injuries wrecked Byrnes' last two seasons, but his hamstrings are reportedly healed. Given his pop and swipes potential, he's worth a spot in AL leagues. Mixers should watch him during the year.

Gabe Gross, Oakland Athletics (signed)

More outfield depth for the A's. The lefty-hitting Gross is a strict platooner and a serviceable AL-only bench player. His playing time is anything but certain in Oakland's positional logjam, though.

Relief pitchers

Joe Nelson, Boston Red Sox (signed to minor league deal)

The 35-year-old will be invited to Spring Training to compete with many others for a BoSox bullpen spot. His dominance is intriguing enough to warrant brief rentals during a deep AL season, but his control is shaky, and he's far down on the saves ladder.


Mark Hendrickson, Baltimore Orioles (re-signed)

This hasn't been made official yet; reports say he hasn't completed his physical yet, though the team expects him to pass. Either way, this lanky swingman eats innings and doesn't do much else. No draft attention required.

Matt Bush, Tampa Bay Rays (signed to minor league deal)

A switch from shortstop to pitcher, Tommy John surgery and off-field issues have made a bust of the 2004 No. 1 overall pick. Though this is a prime club for developing a pitcher, Bush hasn't pitched above Class A and shouldn't be on your 2010 roto radar.

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