Can't tell the players without a scorecard
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - It's not even Christmas week, but it seems like the movement of players from team-to-team via free agency and trades is more than in past major league offseasons.

And not just middle-of-the-pack fantasy hitters and pitchers - stars.

You won't find Matt Kemp on the Dodgers anymore. He's made the two-hour trip down Route 5 to play in Petco Park. Although it's been a while since his .324, 39 HR, 126 RBI, 115-run season in 2011, Kemp quietly put together a solid season last summer.

Rumors abound that Justin Upton is about to join him in sunny Southern California. The Padres have already replaced catcher Yasmani Grandal with former Oakland catcher Derek Norris.

Alfredo Simon, Dee Gordon, Yoenis Cespedes, Miguel Montero, Jeff Samardzija, Brandon Moss, Dan Haren and Howie Kendrick were among All-Stars dealt at the winter meetings.

Former MVP Jimmy Rollins is now an ex-Phillie, joining the massive talent the Dodgers continue to assemble.

That's just the traded portion of this winter's festivities.

Free agency has seen ace left-hander Jon Lester reunite with General Manager Theo Epstein on the north side of Chicago. Right-hander Jason Hammel will join them.

Yankees closer David Robertson will call the south side of Chicago home. Melky Cabrera will play for the White Sox. Adam LaRoche too.

Slugger Nelson Cruz parlayed his comeback season into a big deal with Seattle. Nick Markakis also left Baltimore for Atlanta.

Torii Hunter has come "home" to Minnesota. Hanley Ramirez agreed to play in Boston, the team that originally signed him in 2000. Pablo Sandoval will join Ramirez to try and make Boston strong once again.

Billy Butler is in Oakland.

I'm guessing you are having as much trouble as I am keeping track of all this movement.

Meanwhile, possibly the best free agent pitcher available this offseason, Max Scherzer, has still not made his decision. Neither has James "Big Game" Shields.

National League batting champion Michael Cuddyer (.331 in 2013) left hitter- friendly Coors field for pitcher-friendly haven Citi Field.

Which leads us to the key question for fantasy owners.

How will these changes effect the player's fantasy value?

As we approach spring training and we see rosters completely filled out, we will have a better idea of what to expect. Of which lineups have become powerhouses and which lineups will be left wanting.

It's still 72 days until the first Grapefruit League game. We will show you our pitcher and hitter analysis in the coming weeks. In the meantime, enjoy the holiday season.




Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Steve Schwarz at sschwarz@sportsnetwork.com.

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