With Major League Baseball fully entrenched in its offseason, free agency and player moves will dominate the news until Spring Training begins. With rosters changing every day, it’s never too early to begin preparing for your 2011 fantasy baseball draft.
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Troy Tulowitski, SS, Colorado Rockies
After winning the National League Silver Slugger and Golden Glove awards, the Colorado Rockies signed Tulo to a six-year, $119 million contract extension. Tulo is already one of the top 10 players in the National League and Colorado had been working on a long-term agreement for months. After hitting .315 with 27 home runs and 95 RBI in 2010 Tulowitski should be considered the #2 SS in all fantasy formats behind only Hanley Ramirez.
Juan Uribe, SS, Los Angeles Dodgers
After helping the Giants capture a World Series title, Juan Uribe is taking his talents south to L.A. after the Dodgers signed him to a three-year $21 million contract. Uribe is expected to be the everyday second baseman for the Dodgers and with his position versatility he is worth owning in all fantasy formats.
Jason Bartlett, SS, Tampa Bay Rays
After putting Bartlett on the trade market at the beginning of free agency, the San Francisco Giants have emerged as the most serious suitor for the young SS. The Giants lost SS Juan Uribe to their rival Dodgers and trading for Bartlett makes a lot of sense on their end. Consider Bartlett a sleeper SS heading into 2011 regardless of the team he is suiting up for.
Ryan Theriot, SS, St. Louis Cardinals
Soon after the Cardinals announced they had traded RP Blake Hawksworth to the Dodgers for Ryan Theriot, management made it clear that the Cardinals view Theriot as an everyday shortstop, not a second baseman. Theriot will hit in a powerful St. Louis lineup with arguably the best 3 and 4 hitters in the game in Matt Holliday and Albert Pujols. While it is still unknown where Theriot will bat in the lineup, he should be considered a top 20 SS heading into next season with the upside to sneak into the top 12.
Jon Garland, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers
The Dodgers are making a trend of signing free agents from their division. Jon Garland is the latest former Dodger rival to sign with L.A. after the former Padre righty signed a one-year deal to pitch at Chavez Ravine. Garland is coming off a very solid year in San Diego and he should be thought of as a top 75 SP heading into 2011
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