Not much new offensively in NL

Mark DeRosa leads a relatively weak crop of players to find a new home in the NL.
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - If you are looking for great hitters who moved from the American League to the National League or from one NL club to another this off-season, you aren't going to find any. At least not as of December 29th.

It appears that NL general managers have gone after pitching only. Below you will find some of the few "fantasy-worthy" fielders that have changed their addresses to the National League.

While the American League saw the likes of Curtis Granderson and Hideki Matsui change teams, I could only find six players worth mentioning in the NL and even they were a stretch.

If Jason Bay signs with the Mets, rumored to be Monday or Tuesday next week, he'll be the best hitting acquisition in the NL off-season...by a large margin.

Melky Cabrera, OF, Atlanta - Cabrera put up decent numbers in a monster New York Yankees lineup, but you can't expect him to do the same in a much inferior Braves lineup. Latest rumor is that Atlanta is shopping Cabrera, possibly to the Cubs. Borderline starter at best.

Placido Polanco, 2B, Philadelphia - Obviously the second baseman won't play there in Philadelphia, but he's slotted to take over for Pedro Feliz at the hot corner. He's useful at 2B, but he doesn't have enough offense at a power spot like third base. He'll likely bat down in the Phillies lineup, but if he bats second, he could be have some value.

Pedro Feliz, 3B, Houston - Feliz was still hitting .300 in mid-June, but slumped over the second half. He was "fantasy-worthy" when he hit in the middle of the Giants lineup between 2004-2007, but has limited value now.

Ivan Rodriguez, C, Washington - "Pudge" hasn't hit 20 homers since 2001 and hasn't knocked in more than 69 runs in five years. He'll share time behind the plate with Jose Flores which makes him "unplayable."

Troy Glaus, 3B, Atlanta - He had 27 HRs and 99 RBIs in 2008, but got just 29 at-bats in 2009 due to injury (shoulder). If healthy he has value, though he'll be a first baseman in Atlanta and those 2008 numbers are "pedestrian" at that position.

Mark DeRosa, 3B, San Francisco - DeRosa batted behind Albert Pujols for some of his time in St. Louis, at least until Matt Holliday arrived. He set a career high for homers (23), but his other numbers (runs, RBI, batting average, OPS) were down from the previous season.

Selected NL Hitters - 2009 Statistics

PlayerPosTeamABRHHRRBIAVGSLGOPS
Melky CabreraOFATL4856613313680.2740.4160.752
Mark DeRosa3BSF5157812923780.2500.4330.752
Placido Polanco2BPHI6188217610720.2850.3960.727
Pedro Feliz3BHOU5806215412820.2660.3860.694
Ivan RodriguezCWAS4255510610470.2490.3840.664
Troy Glaus3BATL2925020.1720.2410.491


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