2012-2013 Winter Meetings: Day 1

Posted: December 3, 2012 in Articles

By David Kerr

The 2012-2013 MLB Winter Meetings kicked off today in Nashville, Tennessee. Personally, this is one of my favorite weeks of the calendar year in regards to baseball. Players are signing fat contracts, switching teams, and given incentive laden deals to prove themselves again. Over the next few days, I am going to break down all the moves that will have Fantasy Baseball implications. Feel free to leave a comment below.

Alex Rodriguez OUT 4-6 Months with a torn labrum.

Ouch. A-Rod is going to miss up to half of the 2013 campaign after having hip surgery in January. This is a tough blow for the Yankees, who could also be without Derek Jeter to start the season. Rodriguez is going to fall down draft boards, but if you have a DL spot, he will have value in 2013. Obviously his best days are behind him, but he will likely be productive if and when he gets back on the field. He’s a late round pick at this point, but don’t forget about him.

Mike Napoli signs with the Boston Red Sox for 3 years, $39 million.

I like this signing from Napoli’s perspective a lot. He has a career .307/.397/.710 split at Fenway Park and should have a decent bounce back year. The fact that he is catcher-eligible makes him all the more appealing. Throughout his career, his batting average has been all over the place. His lack of consistency in that department makes some owners cautious. Call me crazy, but I see his average rising in 2013 into the .260 range. If that is the case, it will definitely up his value, because the power will surely be there. Heck, I’ll even go as far to say that if he plays in 125+ games, he’ll reach a career high in homers.

The Texas Rangers are close to signing Joakim Soria to a 2 year, $8 million dollar contract.

Joakim Soria will not be available to start the 2013 season as he will still be recovering from Tommy John surgery. He can be avoid in all but the deepest AL-Only leagues. He likely won’t contribute much until mid-season at the earliest and is someone you should look at more in 2014. Joe Nathan has the closer’s job locked down in Texas (at least in 2013).

Grady Sizemore will miss at least half of 2013 after microfracture surgery on his right knee.

This will be the least surprising news of the ENTIRE offseason. Grady Sizemore can be avoided in the deepest of ALL fantasy leagues.

Geovany Soto re-signed with the Texas Rangers on a one-year deal.

I think that Texas is as good a place as any for Soto. He does have some pop in his bat, but he’ll never hit for average. He’s an AL-Only play with very little value in mixed leagues. He can be avoided in that format unless you’re in a deep two catcher league.

James Loney signed a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Rays.

James Loney has very little pop, but could hit 10-15 home runs with a solid average. He could be a late flier in mixed leagues, but will be useful in AL-Only leagues. It’s a nice signing for the Rays.

That is it for actual moves made today. There have been plenty of rumors swirling all day about a plethora of players, but nothing has come to fruition as of yet. I’ll be back tomorrow with another installment that hopefully includes a lot more players signing deals or swapping teams. If you are so inclined, leave a comment below. Also, click the button below to follow me on Twitter!


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