A non-stop flurry of nothing came out of Las Vegas as the Winter Meetings came to a close, as the gold nuggets ended up being turd nuggets.  Not that this deal was a real whopper, but Melky and Mike Cameron wasn’t finalized so I’m not going to go into that yet. Felipe Lopez, Matt Joyce and Edwin Jackson found new homes, so I’ll cover them. Yay, we get to hear about three schmohawks! Oh shut up, random italicized voice. Yes, these three guys aren’t quite as riveting as Teixeira landing somewhere, but that will have to wait for another day. Anyway, here’s some smaller deals that went down on the final day of the Winter Meetings and how they’ll effect fantasy baseball:

Felipe Lopez – Not even a blip on the radar when the Diamondbacks signed Felipe Lopez to a deal, but this could be a huge addition to some 2009 NL-Only and deeper mixed leagues. Felipe Lopez went 35/4/24/.360/4 in only 189 at-bats after the All-Star break last year. Sure, multiplying stats by three is about as indicative as a cute girl with a twitch winking at you, but Lopez is capable of those stats. He’s only going to be 29 for the 2009 season and could go 20/20/.260 in a full season. Can any of youse say 2009 fantasy sleeper? I knew you could.

Matt JoyceMatt Joyce went to the Rays for Edwin Jackson. At worst, Matt Joyce figures to be the strong side of the right field platoon for the Rays. In AL-Only leagues, he could be a great endgame bargain being able to hit 15-20 home runs and chuck in some steals, though he will be a liability on average. In most mixed leagues, I’d let him pass, unless he’s showing some serious signs in spring training.

Edwin JacksonEdwin Jackson went to the Tigers so he could try to finally fulfill that top prospect label he picked up seventeen eons ago in Los Angeles. I haven’t given up on Jackson yet, but it would be nice if he started striking out some hitters again while keeping his walks down. In AL-Only leagues, Edwin’s a good late round flier who you shouldn’t mind dropping fairly quickly. The biggest ancillary (<–Word of the Day and I’m not sure I’m using it correctly, but whatever helps you people sorta learn) effect of this trade is David Price has a rotation spot. Lates, Edwin.

  1. Eric W says:

    the real question is were will the razztastict Eric Gange land

  2. big o says:

    @ grey et. al. :
    apparently some of you guys think you’re pretty smart when it comes to movie knowledge . the following is a quote from THE best movie EVER made : “dude , strange things are afoot at the circle k” .

    who said it ?

  3. BigFatHippo says:

    @big o: Haha, right on.

    There’s a place in town called Gene and Ted’s Rental Center where we rent heavy equipment. Every time I go out there I call it gene and ted’s excellent rental center.

    They look at me like I’m from Mars.

  4. Baron Von Vulturewins

    BaronVonVulturewins says:

    @big o: Keanu Reeves in Bill ‘N’ Ted, and I didn’t even have to look it up. If this was Who Wants to be a Millionaire, that would be, like, the $100 question.

    re: Matt Joyce. He will be on my radar. He’s a tiny monster. He donks in bunches.

    I’d stay away from Edwin Jackson, though. The Rays know arms, and when they smelt him, they dealt him.

  5. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Eric W: Hopefully in Japan.

    @big o: Gotta come more difficult than that.

    @BaronVonVulturewins: Joyce could be a solid late round flier for some power.

    re: Jackson — True. His Ks are going the wrong way. Never a good sign.

  6. Hey Grey, I’m sorry but I just can’t agree with you on Lopez. I have him as a .279-78-10-50-27 performer this year (haven’t done the park adjustment yet). Not bad for someone who likely won’t be drafted, but 20/20?

    Tampa Bay will enjoy a good year from Price. I also like Matt Joyce, maybe not so much this year, but he’ll be pretty good in 2010-11.

  7. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Red Sox Talk: I said he could. I wouldn’t project him at 20/20. Sorry if that’s not clear. For instance, Adam Dunn could hit 50 HRs, I’d project him at 40 cause that’s what he hits every single year.

    Felipe Lopez I’d project at about 14/20, but that could turn into 20/20.

  8. Steve says:

    Sheesh. What a morning – and it’s only just gone 7.
    Grey – any thoughts of doing something like “Grey’s 10 Cardinal Rules of Drafting”? ie thou shalt not take a starting pitcher before round 10 – that kind of shizz.
    Would also be interesting to know what, as a rule, you’re trying to achieve round by round.
    I know every draft is different and you don’t how each will unfold but I for one would find it this Grey’s Anatomy (groan) really useful.
    Sorry about that….

  9. Grey

    Grey says:

    @Steve: Sure, I can put something like that together. Prolly wouldn’t post it until January/February though.

  10. Steve says:

    @Grey: Cool. Perfect holiday reading!

  11. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:


    Right when I think I’ve figured everything out, you go and mess everything up with another sleeper.

    I’m going to go out on a limb and call Felipe Lopez out for what he is: Mike Fontenot, but without all the power and steals.

    Wouldn’t you rather have Kelly Johnson or Jose Lopez late in a draft? They’re both basically Felipe but with better avg.

  12. big o says:

    @Grey: @BaronVonVulturewins:
    and here i was thinking you guys would be giving me grief for my opinion/statement .

    what was it , that convinced you , the capital letters ?

  13. Grey

    Grey says:

    @IowaCubs: Jose Lopez’s average was a bit of an aberration last year. Kelly Johnson top HR and steal year produced 16 and 11 respectively. Felipe Lopez had a year of 23 HRs and another year of 44 steals. The steals have never seemed to be a problem to get 20. The 23 home runs of 2005 seem like an outlier but he can hit home runs in a hitter’s ballpark, which Nationals Park was not. In Chase Field, he kills the ball. BTW, there’s a brand new fantasy sleeper post I just put up to wig you out even more.

  14. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:

    @Grey: Damn you and all of your sense-making.

  15. Doug Ault says:

    The Yanks will rue the day they signed Burnett
    I guess Carl Pavano wasn’t lesson enough

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