The fans in Cleveland have to be ecstatic about the Tribe’s trade this past week. Heidi DeRosa, winner of Fantasy Baseball Dugout’s 2008 Hottest Wives in Baseball Contest, will be in attendance at many of the home games watching her husband Mark, recently acquired in a trade with the Indians.
The Cubs traded infielder Mark DeRosa to Cleveland in exchange for minor leaguers Jeff Stevens, Chris Archer and John Gaub.
DeRosa is a nice fantasy commodity, and that will not change in Cleveland. After becoming a full-time player in 2006, DeRosa has developed into a pretty good hitter. In 2008, he had career-highs of 21 home runs, 87 RBIs, 103 runs scored and six steals. He also hit a respectable .285.
DeRosa has taken the field in a number of positions, having played 20 or more games at second, third, right field and left field. He even appeared at first base and at shortstop this year. Cleveland will likely play him at second base or third base.
Because of his versatility and because of the shallowness of the talent pool at third base, DeRosa is a good guy to have on a fantasy team. However, when a player has career highs in nearly every major offensive category at age 33, it is likely an aberration.
Sure, DeRosa is a good player, but he runs the risk of being one of the more overrated fantasy players heading into 2009. He is more likely to have a season of .280 with 15 homers and 70 RBIs. He will probably score about 80 runs depending on where he hits in the Indians lineup.
None of the players that the Cubs got in the deal carry much fantasy appeal. Jeff Stevens made it up to AAA Buffalo in 2008, saving five games in 19 appearances. He is not likely to be an impact player in 2009. Chris Archer and John Gaub both ended 2008 at Class-A ball and will not come close to seeing the majors in 2009.