Watch to see if the change in leagues helps Garrett Atkins.
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It's still a few days before Christmas, but there has already been plenty of player movement throughout baseball. Let's take a look at who went where and how it might effect their 2010 fantasy performance.
In the first of a four-part series, we will look at hitters who have come to new American League teams.
Garrett Atkins, 3B, Baltimore - Atkins exploded on the scene in Colorado with a 29 HR, 120 RBI performance in 2005. Unfortunately he could never repeat the performance and his number have dropped in each of the following three seasons. It's hard to think of him as a fantasy starter, but watch to see if the change in leagues helps him.
Mike Cameron, OF, Boston - Cameron has hit at least 20 HRs in each of the last four seasons, but doesn't help in many of the other categories. He's a lifetime .250 hitter, who used to steal 20+ bases, but not anymore. Still, in the Red Sox lineup he could have some fantasy value as a fourth outfielder.
Marco Scutaro, SS, Boston - Scutaro might finally be the answer to the Red Sox shortstop situation and he was a solid fantasy contributor last season with Toronto. He started the season off on fire and was one of the most picked up players in either league, but he cooled drastically hitting .229 in June. He's not a superstar, but could give you 80 runs, 60 RBIs and steal 20 bases.
Curtis Granderson, OF, New York Yankees - Granderson's the best hitter to change teams this off season and is valuable in almost every offensive category. He'll hit for average with all the power around him in the Yankees lineup and he's also good for 100 runs, 20+ HRs and 20+ steals.
Hideki Matsui, DH, Los Angeles of Anaheim - When healthy he's always been an RBI machine and good for 25 HRs. Unfortunately, he only been healthy in the odd numbered years of late - 2007, 2009. He had less than 350 at-bats in 2006 and 2008. Before drafting him in 2010, be sure to check the TSN injury reports.
Chone Figgins, 3B, Seattle - Figgins is a solid fantasy contributor to the runs, stolen base and batting average categories. He's headed to a Mariners team that struggled to score which might not help his numbers. Anaheim was second in runs scored in 2009 with 883 while Seattle was just 28th best at 640 runs.
Milton Bradley, OF, Seattle - The man has the physical tools to be a very good major league hitter and the mental outlook of a prima donna NFL wide receiver. He's hit .300-or-more in two of the last three seasons, but he's been with four clubs in that time span.
Kelly Shoppach, C, Tampa Bay - Shoppach hit 21 HRs and batted .261 in 2008 and many thought he would continue to improve in 2009. Unfortunately, he went in the opposite direction and now will have to share time behind the plate with Dioner Navarro. It doesn't bode well for being fantasy-worthy in 2010.
J.J. Hardy, SS, Minnesota - Hardy had solid back-to-back seasons in 2007 and 2008, averaging 84 runs, 25 HRs, 77 RBIs and a .280 batting average, but faltered last year. Hopefully he can return to form and if so would be top-10 fantasy shortstop.
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