Available for legit draft pick trade offers ('legit' varies with the player requested):
- SP Cliff Lee - part of the new historic Philly rotation, his already excellent ERA and WHIP will benefit from a return to the NL, while his win total will go up with the Phillies' power offense behind him. I doubt it will hurt that he'll be facing other teams' non-aces as well... especially if Philly pitches their tenured lefty 2nd, and puts Lee in the 4-hole. 20 wins is easily within reach...
- SP Mat Latos - a top-50 fantasy keeper already, the 24-year-old Latos looks to build on an excellent 2010 campaign as he continues to mature. Fading a bit at the end of last year leaves room for upside; he'll be stronger and more experienced this year... and as he held the NL ERA title until mid-September last year, that's a pretty significant upside as he looks prepped for a 200IP campaign. Mat is a top-10 pitcher, with an incredible walk rate and over a strikeout per inning.
RP Carlos Marmol - fantasy's top closer pitches a ridiculous 16.0 K/IP... giving you more strikeouts last year (with 138) than high-quality starters Jaime Garcia, Clay Buchholz, Trevor Cahill, and Carlos Zambrano. Why not stick a starter in your top relief spot... and still get the 40 saves the Cubs will provide for him? Marmol is also no slouch in the ERA or WHIP departments. Plus, the guy's not even thirty... he's got many good years left to give you.
Available for just about any reasonable, non-trivial draft pick trade offer (I'm not going to drive a hard bargain here, as long as you're not offering round 13 for 14 or a 4-pick upgrade):
- C Miguel Olivo - Seattle's new catcher has done quite well over the last several years, and looks to get good RBI opportunities to go with his high playing time in Seattle.
- 2B Kelly Johnson - broke out last year to the tune of 26 HR/13 SB, and remains in hitter-friendly Arizona. With a .285/.370/.496 line, he's an excellent keeper option in a thin 2B field
- SS Ian Desmond - Washington's young MI stud can sure play - he'll only hit ~.270, but you can expect 12-15 homers and about 20 SBs. And he's approaching his power years, so this will only improve as he matures further.
- SP CJ Wilson - converted from the relief corps originally, CJ transformed into Texas' ace with 204 IP that gave him 170 Ks, 15 wins, and a 3.35 ERA/1.25 WHIP. This is a guy you definitely want to have around!
- RP Aroldis Chapman - he of the 105MPH fastball, Chapman continues to project well both as a upcoming SP and as a present closer threat (in the mold of Johan Santana's transition). He's baseball's #3 prospect... and look how that turned out last year (Buster Posey)!
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