Fantasy beat: Yankees make interesting move for Soriano

   January 15, 2011 6:45 pm

 

– The Yankees couldn’t get any of the big-name free agents, so they decided to strengthen their bullpen.

New York signed Rafael Soriano to a huge $35 million contract. That’s a lot of cash for a setup guy.

If your league counts holds, he’s one to watch. If you have Mariano Rivera and want insurance, Soriano is your guy. Otherwise, that’s one formidable closer not worth rostering, unless you’re using the LIMA plan.

With Soriano leaving, J.P. Howell is a name to watch in the Tampa pen. There’s also Kyle Farnsworth, too. Overall, unless there’s another move coming, I’d stay away.

Now, will the back end of that Yankee bullpen have many save opportunities?

— Congratulations, Matt Garza, you are the new savior of the Chicago Cubs — at least for this season.

The Cubs gave up a hefty price to get Garza.

A move to the NL from the AL generally helps pitchers, so I’d expect Garza’s ERA to remain below 4.00. However, I’d be weary of his home runs moving to Wrigley.

Garza’s trade creates a hole in the rotation for Tampa.

Chris Archer, a player the Rays received from the Cubs, and Jeremy Hellickson should battle for that spot. Archer has a high ceiling, but 2011 probably won’t be his year. Hellickson would be an end-game player in AL-only drafts.

— The Tigers are taking a chance on Brad Penny. He’s a good pitcher, but he’s also usually injured. If you draft him, and I would take him toward the end of mixed leagues, don’t expect a bunch of innings.

Trevor Hoffman retired, finishing with 601 saves. Does he deserve a spot in the Hall?  Yes, he has the numbers. But to me, it’s almost like electing a punter to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Hoffman doesn’t deserve a spot. From a fantasy standpoint, John Axford will be the closer in Milwaukee.

– Rick Green

 

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