Wednesday, January 07, 2009

The Hot Stove Holiday Hits

posted by Jon Williams
The latest edition of the Hot Stove Junkie is available at RotoExperts.com, as always the first hit is free...

The Chicago Cubs acquired minor league right-handers Jeff Stevens and Chris Archer and minor league lefty John Gaub from the Cleveland Indians for 2B/3B Mark DeRosa. This was just a few hours after signing 2B Aaron Miles to a two-year contract.
The Indians traded a trio of prospects that were not on even the most optimistic prospect lists for a top second baseman. If the world made sense, they would install Mark DeRosa as their second baseman and slide mediocre at best shortstop, Jhonny Peralta to third base, and move Asdrubal Cabrera (a minor league defensive whiz) to shortstop. It would make Cabrera’s questionable bat fit in the lineup better. However, most of all it would improve the infield defense that right-handed starter Fausto Carmona depends on for his success. Unfortunately, the Indians swear that DeRosa is now a third baseman.
DeRosa (in case you have been asleep) is a very good hitter. In 2008, he hit .285/.376/.481 with 21 homers. His walk and strikeout rates both increased slightly. I take this as a sign that he was exercising greater patience and looking for pitches he could really drive. This is an awesome pickup for the Indians (even if they do screw up and move him to third) and fantasy owners in American League only leagues get a new slugger in the infield.

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