Evaluating Fantasy Players With New Addresses
by Eddie Mayrose
It was an interesting off season for free agents that had, formerly, been the faces of their franchises. Since the Cardinals finished off the Rangers in the World Series, Albert Pujols, Prince Fielder, Jose Reyes and Jonathan Papelbon have all signed mega-deals and changed the landscape of their new teams as well as the ones they left.
While these four perennial All Stars are certainly the most notable of the players that are wearing different uniforms in 2012, there are many more that, when valued correctly, can go a long way to improving your squad this season.
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1) Michael Cuddyer, Rockies- Our favorite guy on this list. Always a solid RBI guy in Minnesota, he moves to the hitter-friendly Coors Field with multiple eligibility including 2B.
2) Michael Pineda, Yankees- Yanks’ GM Brian Cashman absolutely stole Pineda from the Mariners. The move to New York brings the potential for 15-18 wins.
3) Gio Gonzalez, Nationals- Anyone following FantasySportsDirt knows that Moonlight is a big Gio fan. Even bigger in 2012, now that Gonzalez will be facing pitchers in the NL in front of a much stronger lineup than he was accustomed in Oakland.
4) Heath Bell, Marlins- These are exciting times in Miami, and Bell should be a huge beneficiary of the improved Marlins’ lineup. Don’t be surprised if Heath returns 50 saves on your investment.
5) Carlos Beltran, Cardinals- Don’t forget that Beltran, finally healthy, was an All Star last season. His struggles after being traded to San Francisco should only make him more of a bargain.
6) Michael Bourn, Braves- Normally, we shy away from chasing SB. In Bourn’s case, though, he should see a nice spike in R and even RBI playing with the Braves.
7) Jesus Montero, Mariners- The other half of the Pineda trade, Montero showed a big bat during a September call up witrh the Yanks. Don’t overvalue that small sample, however.
8) Chris Snyder, Astros- He’s struggled with back issues in Arizona and Pittsburgh, but is still relatively young and will be in a wonderful hitter’s park. Late in the draft, who doesn’t love a catcher that can give you 15 dingers?
9) Chris Sale, White Sox- Sale has been bounced around in Chicago’s bullpen for a few years. Now, with a definite role, we expect his immense talent to emerge.
10) Casey McGehee, Pirates- After a breakout 2010, McGehee was abysmal in 2011. In the final stages of your draft, he’s worth a gamble to rebound.