After realizing the 20% off Bed, Bath & Beyond coupon wasn’t redeemable for slugging 2nd basemen, the Marlins parted ways with Dan Uggla.¬† Now the Marlins have cut loose all the major objectors to Hanley Ramirez’s lack of hustle.¬† “Yo, I walk with a pimp limp so I can save my energy for when MTV Cribs visits my house.”¬† <– Not actual Hanley quote.¬† With the slashed payroll, Jeffrey Loria can get that seventeenth mansion he’s been eyeing.¬† Good time to be a Marlins fan!¬† Uggla is really one of those players whose value doesn’t change much with a trade.¬† 30 homers — check!¬† Not a great average without some luck — check!¬† Owns douchey Ed Hardy clothing — check!¬† If anything, Uggla moving to Atlanta will only help his value.¬† He was better away from Whoever Will Pay The Most Money To Sponsor This Godforsaken Stadium down in Miami.¬† Last year, he hit .308 in away games and .264 in home games.¬† Also, he hit 19 of his 33 homers away from home.¬† Plus, he will be hitting in a better lineup.¬† For 2011, I see Uggla giving you a line of 90/32/100/.265/5.¬† Anyway, let’s see what other moves happened recently with fantasy baseball repercussions:
Omar Infante – Heads to the Marlins where he’s sure to be revered by the smartest fans in baseball.¬† (That’s why there’s only 20-something fans at each game.¬† They’re smart to stay home.)¬† Infante had a career year in 2010.¬† I don’t see him repeating it in Whoever Will Pay The Most Money To Sponsor This Godforsaken Stadium.¬† He’ll probably play 2nd base or 3rd base and be on and off your waivers all year.¬† If you’re drafting Infante, you ain’t no friend of mine.
Chris Coghlan – Didn’t go anywhere (because if he drives past a Marie Callender’s, he will breakdown crying), but the moving parts could change his position in 2011.¬† He may play 2nd base if the Marlins move Infante over to 3rd.¬† That is a value change that could be huge big interesting for fantasy.¬† We’ll need to watch in Spring Training to see where Coghlan plays.
John Buck – Heads to the Marlins.¬† I’m hoping the Toronto Sun’s headline was, “Buck Done Gone.”¬† But what about Ronny Paulino?!¬† Or Brett Hayes?!¬† Or Brad Davis?!¬† Or… Jesus, the Marlins catchers were terrible.¬† John Buck should still get his share of homers, say, 15-18 and have his average come back to the vicinity of .250.¬† In other words, it’s all right in NL-Only leagues.¬† In other leagues, bleh.
Martin Prado – Will probably play all around the field, except 2nd base next year.¬† He’ll get his ABs though.¬† Let’s not forget, Glass Chipper is currently penciled in at 3rd.¬† Pencil with a giant eraser being the optimal writing tool.
Cameron Maybin – Traded to the Padres.¬† Not a great place for a hitter, unless that hitter doesn’t hit much and only runs. (First time ever the ability for “only runs” is a good thing being five minutes outside of Tijuana.)¬† With the huge ballpark, it could give Maybin a chance to hit to the gaps and steal bases.¬† His average might never be above atrocious with all the strikeouts and I don’t think he’s suddenly going to be an All-Star.¬† Best case scenario, he has 5th outfielder value in mixed leagues.¬† That’s so Maybin!
Rajai Davis – Heads to the Blue Jays.¬† Have to change my projections for him.¬† Add an extra 50 homers.¬† After the A’s got David DeJesus, they had to part ways with Rajai.¬† “Too many crappy outfielders on one team spoils the broth,” said Billy Beane as played by Brad Pitt.¬† Really this does nothing to Rajai’s value.¬† He’ll play every day and steal.¬† That’s his bag!