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How pitchers will fare with their new AL teams

Javier Vazquez pitched for the Yankees back in 2004 and was average at best.
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - 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 second of a four-part series, we will look at pitchers who are on new American League teams.

Javier Vazquez, SP, New York Yankees - Vazquez put up great numbers for a mediocre hitting Atlanta Braves team. If he throws the same for the Bronx Bombers, he'll win 20 games and be the best move of the winter. He pitched for the Yankees back in 2004 and was average at best with a 4.91 ERA and 1.29 WHIP. He'll be more relaxed this time and I'd draft him high.

Cliff Lee, SP, Seattle - Lee started off his short-lived Phillies career with a bang winning his first five starts while yielding just three earned runs. He was also great in the postseason going 4-0 against Colorado, the Dodgers and the Yankees. He's matured into an "ace" and with Felix Hernandez are a great one-two punch. Seattle won't score for him like the Phillies did, so temper your enthusiasm by knowing he'll have a couple no-decisions or losses that he wouldn't have had in Philadelphia.

Kevin Millwood, SP, Baltimore - The 13-year veteran is an inning-eater, but a high ERA and WHIP normally keeps him from being a fantasy star. Now he's in the tough AL East and faces the Yankees, Red Sox and Rays more often. He doesn't strike out enough hitters. He's a spot starter in your fantasy lineup at best.

Rich Harden, SP, Texas - He has all the talent in the world, but doesn't make his regular starts often enough. Harden has started 30-or-more games just once in his career, although he has started 25 and 26 games the past two seasons. He's a high-risk, high-reward pick.

Kyle Drabek, SP, Toronto - The son of 1990 Cy Young winner Doug Drabek, Kyle knows how to pitch. He was the key acquisition in the Roy Halladay deal, but has the talent to live up to those lofty expectations. He struck out almost one batter-per-inning at Clearwater and Reading last year.

John Lackey, SP, Boston - Lackey is a solid pitcher who will benefit from having the Red Sox offense behind him. He pitched eight seasons in Anaheim and seven times started at least 24 games. He is extremely consistent and will give you an ERA between 3.00-3.83 and a WHIP between 1.21-1.33.

Max Scherzer, SP, Detroit - Scherzer averaged more than a strikeout-per-inning with Arizona last year and the move into the spacious Detroit ballpark should help lower his ERA and WHIP. Could be a sleeper.

Mike Gonzalez, RP, Baltimore - Gonzalez had a solid season in Atlanta and could be in line for the closer role in Baltimore. He was involved in a "closer-by- committee" in Atlanta, but had 24 saves as a closer in Pittsburgh in 2006.

Darren Oliver, RP, Texas - This will be Oliver's third stint in Texas, so he should be comfortable from the start. He is a setup man, so his value in fantasy leagues in minimal even though he had nice numbers in Anaheim.

Phil Coke, RP, Detroit - Coke had solid numbers for a setup man, but has limited value in Detroit unless he becomes the closer.

Selected AL Pitchers
Javier VazquezNYY3215100219.12382.871.03
Cliff LeeSEA3414130231.21813.221.24
Kevin MillwoodBAL3113100198.21233.671.34
Kyle Drabek*TOR251230158.01503.191.21
John LackeyBOS271180176.11393.831.27
Rich HardenTEX26990141.01714.091.34
Max ScherzerDET309110170.11744.121.34
Mike GonzalezBAL80541074.1902.421.20
Darren OliverTEX6351073.0652.711.14
Phil CokeDET7243260.0494.501.07

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