With the Major League Baseball season ending with San Francisco winning the World Series, fantasy baseball owners are already thinking about next season. Whether your team took home the league title or you were out of it by July, Fantasy Baseball Sportal will provide you with everything you need to in order for you to compete for the coveted league title next season.
Bronson Arroyo, SP, Cincinnati Reds
In an expected move, the Reds exercised Arroyo’s $11 million option for 2011. The 33-year-old went 17-10 with a 3.88 ERA in 33 starts for the National League Central Division champs last season. Arroyo is the elder statesman on a young Cincinnati staff, but should be considered a low-end top-50 SP heading into 2011.
Adrian Beltre, 3B, Free Agent
After a monster 2010 campaign, Beltre declined his $10 million option for 2011 and elected instead to become a free agent. In 2010, he hit .321 with 28 homers and 102 RBI. Beltre will have a chance to turn his MVP-caliber year into a lucrative multi-year deal this winter as someone is sure to reward him in a big way. He should be considered a top-10 option next season, but that could fluctuate depending upon where he signs.
Coco Crisp, OF, Oakland Athletics
Despite playing in only 75 games last season due to injury, Crisp still hit .279 with eight homers, 38 RBI, 51 runs scored, and 32 stolen bases in a young Oakland lineup. Consider Crisp a fantasy baseball sleeper at the outfield position heading into next season with the potential for a good average., decent power, and lots of valuable stolen bases.
Zack Greinke, SP, Kansas City Royals
SI.com’s Jon Heyman is reporting that there’s “no chance” Greinke would accept a trade to New York. Expect to hear the CY Young winner’s name thrown about in numerous major trade rumors this offseason, as he is easily one of the best starters available on the market. Despite taking a step back in 2010, Greinke remains an elite talent and should be considered a top 15 fantasy SP going into 2011 no matter who he pitches for.
Jon Garland, SP, San Diego Padres
Garland declined his $6.75 million mutual option for 2011 and elected instead to become a free agent. After thriving last season in the cozy confines of PETCO Park, Garland will look to secure a multi-year deal. While there’s certainly nothing sexy about him, he’s just about as consistent as they come.