Fantasy Baseball Hot Stove

by Tim Heaney on February 6, 2009 @ 00:00:00 PDT


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Ty Wigginton, 3B, Baltimore Orioles

Wiggy's pop makes him a great fit for Camden Yards, and his additional outfield eligibility makes him a great fit for deep mixed teams. He also remains acceptable as a utility starter in shallow formats.

Matt Murton, OF, Colorado Rockies

What a fall from slight fantasy intrigue. Murton clubbed 13 homers in 2006 but hasn't caught on to a full-time gig since. He gives the Rox another righty outfield bat, but he's probably just going to be depth since he has minor league options. Stay away for now.

Jacque Jones, OF, Cincinnati Reds

With the signings of Jones (Florida Marlins) and first baseman Daryle Ward (Chicago Cubs) to minor league deals, the Reds are seeing what sticks to the wall. Don't bother here.

Cliff Floyd, OF, San Diego Padres

The Pads outfield was in flux last year but should have more stability with Chase Headley, Jody Gerut and a returning Brian Giles. Floyd will be the lefty bench complement to Scott Hairston and is a good candidate to DH during interleague play. Still, despite boasting 11 homers in limited time last year, he should be avoided outside of desperate owners in deep-NL only universes.

Brad Wilkerson, OF, Boston Red Sox

Some pop, tons of strikeouts - that's Wilkerson's story. He'll be a backup, and only deep AL-only selectors should even have his name on their cheat sheets.

Rich Hill, SP, Baltimore Orioles

The O's bought low on the latest victim of Mark Wohlers Syndrome. Intense control problems plagued the prospect and burned fantasy drafters in 2008. He did little to rectify his issues at Triple-A Iowa last year, but Baltimore seems willing to give him a chance in the rotation. Watch for him in AL-only leagues.

John Parrish, SP, Baltimore Orioles

The 30-year-old had a Disney element to his 2008 season, compiling 10 victories and a 2.97 ERA at Triple-A Syracuse before posting a 4.04 ERA in 13 appearances (six starts) with the Toronto Blue Jays. Those owners strictly drafting AL players should keep him at the bottom of their watch lists.

Michael Wuertz, RP, Oakland Athletics

The righty has a career 9.26 K's per nine average and should fill a frequent setup role in Oakland. Though the A's look set with relief pitchers Joey Devine and Brad Ziegler likely sharing closer duties to start out, keep a casual eye on Wuertz. Despite his ratio struggles since 2006 and his zero saves since 2004, he may be a deep sleeper for saves.

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