Usually on Fridays the royal we brings you fantasy baseball keepers, but we interrupt your regularly scheduled programming for Jake Fox, the man who made the phrase “Unathletic like a fox” almost make sense. Looks like the Cubs decided to unload their DH since they play in the National League, sending Jake Fox and Aaron Miles for Jeff Gray. ($5 says the Cubs had Milton Bradley change his name to Aaron Miles to get rid of him.) Now the A’s reporters can find and replace Cust’s name for Fox’s and just recycle old articles. “Jack Cust Jake Fox homered and struckout in the A’s four-run seventh inning.” Since Jake Fox has 3rd base eligibility in fantasy, it doesn’t really matter where the A’s play him. DH him all you want. Like a Newport cigarette, Jake Fox is now alive with pleasure. Should now get 500 ABs. This will either be terrific or all the people who were screaming to let The Fox out of his cage will suddenly realize The Fox needs to go back in the cage for batting practice. I’m on the fence for how it’ll all work out once he’s exposed. He’s not going to win a batting title, but he could be a cheap Branyan. If that sounds boring, then you’re not in a 12 team league or deeper. For 2010, I see a line of 75/24/85/.250 with the possibility of more on the power side. Definitely worth a flier. Let’s look at some other minor trades and how they’re going to affect 2010 fantasy baseball:
Billy Wagner – Stop three on the NL East Tour pulls into Atlanta. Right on his heels, Takashi Saito was signed by the Braves, too. Wagner will be the closer with Saito being the first pickup all Wagner’s owners make in April. Wagner will be in the bottom of the donkey-corns to start the season and should be underrated on draft day. He’s no guarantee to stay healthy but saves are saves are saves.
Placido Polanco – Crapolanco could play in a gravitational acceleration chamber that mimics the moon and he’d go 8/8 while batting .300. What a waste of that great hitter’s park. It’s like sous vide-ing a wet sock.