The Braves dumped Tommy Hanson and his salary for a free agent acquisition to be named later. Imagine the Braves get Hamilton. Heyward/Upton/Hamilton, zoinks! Although, they are more likely to get someone like Swisher. Or maybe they can land international free agent, Juan Jablome. Heyward, Jablome, Upton? “Screw you, I prefer B.J.!” “Okay, whatever you wanna call it!” So, Tommy Hanson’s value has sky-plummeted in the last eighteen months. He went from a one or a two to “Is his shoulder ever gonna be right again?” It’s not the worse gamble for the Angels, though I still wouldn’t want to own Hanson in fantasy. He’s not someone I would take a gamble on until I saw a good few months from him during the season, i.e., I won’t own him coming out of drafts. For 2013, I see his line being 12-10/3.87/1.30/169. Anyway, here’s some more offseason news for 2013 fantasy baseball:
Jordan Walden – The once-promising closer heads to the Braves. It’s the ol’ once-promising pitcher for the once-promising pitcher trade. I bet the Mariners tried to make it a three-way with Oliver Perez. Walden will further fill a stacked Braves bullpen with no chance for saves. Hey, the Braves trade Tommy to keep en-Hanson their pen. Oh, well, runner-up title.
Russell Martin – Signed with the Pirates for $17 million. That’s a disgrace to the Pirates, the world and money, in general. Here’s what money said, “I feel so cheap after Russell Martin got seventeen million of me. Geez, bloggers should get $20 million.” Thanks, money, but sadly no.
Mariano Rivera – Re-signed with the Yankees. At 42 years old, I don’t think he has what it takes to be a number one closer anymore. That’s because Kimbrel is so damn nasty. Rivera can be a top ten closer, no problem. Unless there’s a 50-something year old Yankee fan in your league wearing a Pags jersey at the draft, Rivera could come cheaper than he’s worth for the first time in his career. I could see owning him this year, and I think he’ll be as good as you need in fantasy. SAGNOF, after all.
Denard Span – Traded to the Nationals. Here’s where there’s a schism between real baseball and fantasy. This is an excellent real world deal by the Nationals. About as unexciting as deals get from fantasy. Span’s value doesn’t change in the NL. He gets a more productive lineup, so that adds about 10 to 15 runs, but he needs to stay on the field. Something he’s not always excelled at. For NL-Only leagues, he’s a nice late-round outfielder. For mixed leagues, he’s “Hey, Grey, Denard Span is on my waivers…Should I grab him? BTW, you change your hair? Mucho machismo!”