With the World Series coming to an end (congrats to the Yanks), the trading season has officially kicked off. Get ready to follow new players to new locations for the next four months.
By the way, there’s only 104 days left until the Tampa Bay Rays pitchers and catchers report to Florida for spring training to kickoff the 2010 MLB season.
This offseason, Fantasy Baseball Dugout hopes to have every Hot Stove League move properly analyzed to keep you prepared for the 2010 fantasy baseball season. Below is some quick analysis on the first three trades of the early MLB offseason.
- Akinori Iwamura traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates: According to multiple sources, Iwamura immediately becomes the Pirates’ highest paid player. They got Aki in exchange for reliever Jesse Chavez. He only played in 69 games last season due to an ACL tear and was expendable to the Rays because of Ben Zorbrist. Iwamura batted .290 with a homerun, 22 RBI, 29 runs and 9 steals last season. He will likely be the starting second baseman in the Steel City, but his fantasy value doesn’t really improve with the change of scenery. You shouldn’t have any trouble finding Iwamura on your waiver wire after the draft in 2010.
- Jeremy Hermida traded to the Red Sox: The Sawks got busy stocking up for 2010 by adding acquiring Hermida from the Marlins for two minor league lefties. Hermida played in 129 games last season, hitting .259 with 12 home runs, 47 RBI, 48 runs and 6 steals. Baseball America had him ranked at one point in his career as one of the top 5 prospects in all of baseball – he hasn’t lived up to it yet, but he’s still only 25. If Hermida becomes a starting outfielder for the Red Sox, he may have fantasy draft value as a late round sleeper. Otherwise, keep an eye on him if he develops into a productive fantasy hitter next season.