Shin-Soo Choo makes the Reds lineup look pretty. No more will they have to search for a lead-off hitter with a solid OBP. I do feel bad for the guy in charge of explaining to Dusty why Choo’s OBP should be coveted and they shouldn’t mourn the loss of Stubbs. “Oh bee pees are fine and dandy…If you’re a dandy. I play a man’s game where hitters swing the bat like they mean it. You ever see George Foster take a walk? He would have preferred someone walk on his face. Hence… His face!” “But, Dusty, if Choo gets on base–” “I get on base by swinging!” “Choo not you.” “How about ‘Choo’ stop confusing me?!” Hitter-wise, this is about as good a fit as I’ve seen from a fantasy and real baseball perspective this offseason. (Pitching-wise, I did like Greinke going to the Dodgers.) I’ve never been excited about Choo (no offense), but never fully against him either. Indifferent, if you’re not trying to use unnecessary words, which is the least succinct way to say succinct. This slight tick up in value for Choo has me excited. It’s a small sample size, but he has four homers in nine games in Great American. So, for 2013, I’ll give him 67 homers? Nope, but a terrific lineup and ballpark sure won’t hurt. For 2013, I’ll give him the line 108/23/79/.296/20. Anyway, here’s some more offseason moves for 2013 fantasy baseball:
Trevor Bauer – The Diamondbacks really did not want Bauer. In general, they just love trading German last-named pitching prospects… Scherzer, Bauer. Double-A phenom, Dirk Nietzsche, better not unpack. While the rest of the major leagues hoards young pitchers, prospect arms move through the D-Backs’ system like they’re bad Mexican food. Wait, Arizona did have that whole “Let’s build a fence around our state” thing. Nah, can’t be related. This trade does seem absolutely asinine from the outside looking in for Arizona. We get it, you don’t like that he throws the ball 300 feet in practice. You couldn’t just ask him to warm up differently. I already went over my Trevor Bauer 2013 fantasy. I’m not going to change my projections with the league switch. My thought is he’s still going to be raw, and, while Progressive is more neutral for pitchers, it won’t matter. He can pitch anywhere; his problem is he needs to control his stuff.
Drew Stubbs – Heads to Cleveland. Stubbs is similar to what I said for B.J. Upton when he went to Atlanta. No, not that he could hit .220. Similar in that no matter where Stubbs plays he will be basically the same player. Last year at home, he had six homers and a .217 average. In away games, he had eight homers and a .210 average. He gives you around 15 homers, 40 steals and a .235 average everywhere. For 2013, I’ll give him the line 70/17/81/.237/42. Those counting stats are assuming he’s batting eighth.
Kevin Youkilis – Youk to the Yanks. Or as The NY Post should’ve called it, “O, Yuk.” The 3rd base free agent market looks like one of those Day-After Christmas Sales when the sales girl says, “Um, yeah, I think we have mittens…Have you tried under that giant pile of picked-through clothes?” And Youk is a set of mismatched mittens under the picked-through clothes. For 2013, I’ll give him the projections of 74/20/88/.259.
Jeff Keppinger – Signed with the White Sox. In the 3rd baseman market, he’s the mismatched socks under the returned underwear pile.
Kevin Correia – Signed with the Twins to surrender gopher balls. That means homers, not that the University of Minnesota’s mascot is about to become anatomically correct.