As the San Francisco Giants ended the 2010 Major League Baseball season by winning a World Series title, fans of the other 29 teams were dreaming about spring training being only a few months away. With huge movement expected this offseason, it is never too early to start preparing yourself for next season’s fantasy baseball draft. Weekly Fantasy Sportal will continue to provide you with everything you need to know baseball in order for you to maintain your competitive advantage.
Neftali Feliz, RP, Texas Rangers
Feliz was named the 2010 American League Rookie of the Year on Monday afternoon, beating out Detroit centerfielder Austin Jackson. Feliz finished his rookie campaign with a 2.73 ERA and 40 saves in 43 chances. The young fireballer has already been tabbed as the Rangers’ closer for 2011 and should be considered a top five option at the position.
Buster Posey, C, San Francisco Giants
After leading his team to a World Series victory, Posey won the 2010 National League Rookie of the Year Award on Monday. Posey finished with 20 first place votes, 11 more than Atlanta outfielder Jason Heyward. The Florida State product hit .305 with 18 home runs and 67 RBI in 108 games this season. Posey will be a top two catching option in fantasy baseball for the foreseeable future.
Mitch Moreland, 1B, Texas Rangers
The Rangers are “planning to go with” Mitch Moreland as their starting first baseman next season, according to MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan. Moreland played relatively well in limited action last season, even earning the starting postseason gig. If Sullivan is right and Moreland ends up winning the job, he should be considered a strong fantasy baseball sleeper next season.
Ryan Braun, OF, Milwaukee Brewers
To the chagrin of many owners, Ryan Braun will not be traded this offseason according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. The Hebrew Hammer is under team control in Milwaukee until 2015 on a bargain eight-year, $45 million deal. After hitting .304 with 25 home runs and 103 RBI in 2010, Braun should be considered a borderline first round selection.
Dan Uggla, 2B, Florida Marlins
After rejecting an extension offer from the Marlins., the team is reportedly engaging in trade discussions for the Silver Slugger winner. Ken Rosenthal previously reported that the Nationals, Tigers, Braves, Red Sox, Cardinals, Giants, Orioles and Blue Jays have all had interest in Uggla, while ESPN.com’s Buster Olney is reporting that the Blue Jays are the early favorites to land him. Uggla is under team control for one more season via salary arbitration, and owners should expect huge production regardless of where he lands.