Prince Fielder looks like he could be coming close to signing with either the Washington Nationals or the new Miami Marlins. If Fielder does leave Milwaukee, Matt Gamel would be expected to take over at first base. Gamel’s not much of an intriguing option though, as he’s only a career .222 hitter in only 85 games. If Fielder signs with the Nats, look for him to play first base with Michael Morse covering left field and Adam Laroche sliding over to the bench or being traded once spring training begins.
Prince Fielder could have a big year in Washington hitting around Jayson Werth (who could use the help after a horrible down season in 2011), Michael Morse and Ryan Zimmerman. The Nationals look like a ball club that might be getting exciting to watch in 2012, especially with Stephen Strasburg ready to comeback and pitch a full season. Also take note of that strong bullpen in Tyler Clippard, Drew Storen and Henry Rodriguez. Go Nats in 2012! If Prince Fielder does end up signing with Washington, I don’t see it affecting his draft status at all. Look to take him in the first round of standard league drafts as usual.
The Milwaukee Brewers signed Alex Gonzalez to a one-year deal and are expecting him to be their everyday shortstop. A-Gon represents a strong defensive upgrade for the Brewers over Yuniesky Betancourt. Alex Gonzalez does turn 35 this February, so it will be interesting to see if he’s still got that great range in the in-field. Alex Gonzalez should enjoy hitting in Miller Park. Last year in Braves Country, he hit .241 with 15 homers and 56 RBI. In 2012 with the Brewers, those numbers could jump to something around .260/23/65. He’ll be hitting with plenty of protection in the lineup. Rickie Weeks, Corey Hart and Ryan Braun will all be there slugging away once again. In standard 2012 weekly fantasy baseball formats, I would target Alex Gonzalez at about round 6 and on.
Jose Reyes looks primed and ready for another big season in weekly fantasy baseball. After signing a new 6-year, 106 million dollar deal with the Miami Marlins, he should be amongst the first players taken off the board in fantasy baseball drafts this year. Reyes is coming off arguably his most productive season as a pro and should do much of the same this season as well. He’ll be hitting with plenty of support around the lineup and should also score a ton of runs. Gaby Sanchez, Logan Morrison, Hanley Ramirez and Mike Stanton will all be there to consistently knock Jose Reyes around the base paths. Look for Jose Reyes to play short stop all year with Hanley sliding on over to third.
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