Fantasy Baseball Hot Stove - AL
How much longer will the 35-year-old with iffy pop scrape together first base-appropriate homer totals on a borderline-low and declining fly-ball percentage? Maybe one of the best right-handed power parks could inflate that total a bit, but the upside is limited.
He remains a capable strike zone judge and run producer, on the bright side, and his strong second half gives a hint of confidence. The vet needs a clip around .300 to apologize at least for not giving '09 pop, an outlier, again; he hit enough line drives last year to predict some sort of rebound this year. Now there's a uniform to his mixed corner infielder value.
Still whiffs plenty of batters. Still walks a bunch, too. Maybe some will overpay for "security" in an otherwise chaotic pool of No. 2 and No. 3 stoppers. His 2010 time as Pittsburgh Pirates stopper, even with his cringe-inducing ERA and WHIP, show he can still do the job.
It's hard to put too much stock into a 37-year-old who has trouble inducing ground balls, though. Be careful. The fact that he has a job shouldn't prompt you to overspend. And Dotel was eventually deemed expendable by the Buccos; Jason Frasor is hardly safe, but he's another option that has done the job.
About Tim Heaney
Tim's work has been featured by USA Today/Sports Weekly, among numerous publications, and recognized as a finalist in FSWA's awards. The Boston University alum competes in Tout Wars and LABR and has won numerous industry leagues in both baseball and football.
During baseball and football season, he's on The Reality Check with Glenn Clark every Wednesday on 1570 AM WNST in Baltimore. He hits the airwaves every Thursday at 9:30 a.m. ET on Sirius XM Fantasy Sports Radio, where he often crashes other shows, as well.
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