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Pat Burrell and Milton Bradley, the new members of the Rays and Cubs respectively, are in similar tiers as outfielders for 2009 fantasy baseball, that not-so-coveted thirdish/fourth-kinda outfielder spot.  With their signings, it solidifies in everyone’s mind where Milton Bradley will throw a tantrum next year and where Burrell will be seen going from home to 1st in 12.7 seconds.  Is that a Clydesdale, Pa? Anyway, let’s look at what these free agent signings mean for 2009 fantasy baseball:

Pat Burrell – The Rays signed Pat Burrell, which should rid the Tampa landscape of the Gomes/Floyd blahtoon at DH.  That’s right, Burrell’s fielding has him on the fast track for DH duties.  So sad.  I would’ve liked to see Upton and Crawford play the outfield and Burrell play a ten foot swatch of outfield grass.  “Ooh, Burrell just missed snagging that one.  It was almost twelve feet away from where he was positioned.”  I imagine Crawford in LF would’ve had a better shot at some balls hit to right.  Oh, well.  As for Burrell for 2009 fantasy baseball, he’ll still have OF eligibility and then he’ll have multiple position eligibility when he gets that coveted Utility eligibility.  Sweet!  He hits 29 to 33 HRs every year and I don’t think 2009 will be any different.  I could actually see him thriving as a DH — Oy, who wants to field when you’re lousy at it? — I’d draft Burrell as a third to fourth outfielder for 2009.

Milton Bradley – The Cubs signed Milton Bradley — filling the hole in their lineup left by Fukudome’s bat and the hole in their ‘likely DL candidate’ position vacated by Kerry Wood.  Milton Bradley is known to somewhat feud with his managers, but Pinella is a much mellower presence than the irascible Bud “Kneebreaker” Black.  They don’t call him Sweet Lou for nothing.  I think it’s fair to say in 2008, Milton Bradley had a career year, i.e., he put it all together.  Slugging, health, peaceful resolutions to disagreements (though he did try to bash in a Royals announcer’s face — Milton Bradley ain’t your dummy, dummy!) and he played in a ballpark conducive to a career year.  In this career year, he still only hit 22 HRs and just under 80 Runs and 80 RBIs.  For the amount of Tagamet you need to drink to have him on your team, is that really worth it?  Take two and pass.

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  1. big o says:

    read somewhere that milton had an abnormally high BABIP last year.

    .396 … led the majors ??

  2. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:

    I’d expect more runs from Bradley than 80 this season, depending on how his knee has healed. Also, Lou plans on moving Aramis from the 4th spot to either the 3rd or the 5th against righties to make room for Bradley hitting cleanup.

    If he gets 500 plate appearances hitting cleanup or 5th, then he’s basically Adam Lind with more runs.

  3. Grey

    Grey says:

    @big o: Yes, that’s also true. His career BABIP is only .326 so his average is due to come down too. He’s not a good bet to repeat his numbers, but he’ll probably get in 120 games and hit 17 HRs and bat .300, with 5 to 7 steals. I don’t like him for fantasy, but if you know when those 120 games are going to be and if you have a worthy replacement the other 40 games he can be usable. The problem is a lot of times you have no idea when he’s sitting out and you end up getting very frustrated.

  4. Grey

    Grey says:

    @IowaCubs: He’s only reached 500 PA twice in his career.

  5. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:

    @Grey: Yaaahbut, um… yeah. He’s getting overdrafted in the mocks I’m doing then.

    The Razzball league should use ejections as a statistic.

  6. BSA says:

    @IowaCubs: Now that would be an interesting spin.

    Grey, JC coming up in one of the future January updates?

    Iowa, would JC’s suspension count toward that stat?

  7. Grey

    Grey says:

    @IowaCubs: @BSA: I like the idea of someone trying to win that category so they go to the game to provoke Milton Bradley.

    @BSA: Who? Romero? What’s to update? He went to “GNC” and got busted. Don’t draft him in Holds leagues.

  8. sean says:

    Saw that more DL All-Stars got signed today: Proctor to the Marlins and Pavano to the Tribe…

    Heard that the Giambi/As deal is almost completed. Is he worth a late-round flier? Does the As lineup have enough pop for him to be worthy of consideration?

    Also just heard that Marquis to the Rockies for Vizcaino finally got done (Yawn).

  9. sean says:

    This doesn’t matter much fantasy-wise, but who is playing where in the Cubs’ OF? Bradley in center?

    MB’ll certainly have opportunities if he hits 5th behind Ramirez, and I don’t think that he’ll suffer much of a drop off in HRs moving from Arlington to Wrigley.

    IFFFFF he can stay healthy, I think another 80/20/80 is within reach.

  10. Freak says:

    @sean: As far as I know, Bradley will play right and Johnson and Fukudome will split time in center.

  11. Grey

    Grey says:

    @sean: re: Giambino – He’s averaged about 30/100/.245 the last three years. Do you really want that drain on your average for a lead-footed Utility man?

  12. Grey

    Grey says:

    @sean: I misspoke — Giambi’s a 1st baseman too. I’m still not crazy about him. As a late flier for power, I could see it, but you need to have the average to balance it.

  13. big o says:

    i’ve always wanted to play in a league where a pitcher earns points for plunking a guy :
    foot/knee/leg = 1 point
    elbow/arm = 2 points
    middle of back = 3 points
    square in the ass = 10 points

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