With the winter meetings now over but the non-tender deadline looming, it's a good time to take a step back and figure out who's going where, who's staying put and who has changed his fantasy values considerably. There are still a few big names out there (Barry Zito and Daisuke Matsuzaka, in particular) but a good number of players have already switched uniforms.
Something to remember when looking at these moves from a fantasy perspective is that for all the funny money thrown around the past few weeks, don't let it cloud your judgment as to the value of these players come draft day. Besides, thanks to the ebb and flow of each draft, you too could be paying a fantasy equivalent of $10 million per year for Ted Lilly or Gary Matthews Jr.
We'll take a look at each team's notable additions (and where applicable, top players staying put) and what it will mean in the new year. The American League is here, click here for the National League rundown.
Baltimore Orioles -- Jaret Wright, SP (trade from Yankees): Reunited with pitching coach Leo Mazzone, but still a marginal fantasy starting pitcher these days. -- Jay Payton, OF (signed from A's): Has some value as a reserve outfielder but as a regular he's subpar. -- Danys Baez, RP (signed from Braves): Gets three year, $19 million to be Chris Ray's setup man. -- Jamie Walker, RP (signed from Tigers): Adds decent depth to the bullpen. -- Chad Bradford, RP (signed from Mets): Solid setup man flourished at Shea last year. -- Kevin Millar, 1B (re-signed): Best days are behind him but he's back in the lineup for decent 1B help. -- Paul Bako, C (signed from Royals): Meet Ramon Hernandez's new backup and a $1 catcher. -- Scott Williamson, RP (signed from Padres): Ex-closer another new arm in the O's pen.
Boston Red Sox -- J.D. Drew, OF (signed from Dodgers): Potential for a big season is always there but health issues should keeps your hopes and draft bids down. His 146 games in L.A. last season was a career-high. If healthy, he could form a nice middle of the lineup with David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez (who appears to be staying put). -- Julio Lugo, SS (signed from Dodgers): Fantasy owners know he can hit double digits in homers and steal 20-30 bases a year, and now he's getting the real dollars for those skills.
Chicago White Sox -- Gavin Floyd, P (trade from Phillies): Former first-round pick may land in the bullpen after being picked up in the Freddy Garcia trade. The big winner is Brandon McCarthy, who now has a spot in the rotation. -- Gio Gonzalez, P (trade from Phillies): The other part of the Garcia trade. He's young but could make an impact in a couple of years.
Cleveland Indians -- Joe Borowski, RP (signed from Marlins): Surprisingly saved 36 games last year and is now in the closer mix in Cleveland. -- David Dellucci, OF (signed from Phillies): Decent hitter, although awful against lefties. Likely starts in left. -- Aaron Fultz, RP (signed from Phillies): Solid left-handed arm in the bullpen. -- Roberto Hernandez, RP (signed from Mets): Veteran reliever shores up pen, likely not in closer mix. -- Josh Barfield, 2B (trade from Padres): Coming a solid rookie season in San Diego and could help his stats in Jacobs Field.
Detroit Tigers -- Gary Sheffield, OF (trade from Yankees): Despite last year's wrist injury, he still has a big bat, although the RBI chances may not be as plentiful. -- Sean Casey, 1B (re-signed): Had his moments in the World Series but just remember he doesn't offer a lot of power for a first baseman. -- Jose Mesa, RP (signed from Rockies): Should be buried in the middle of the bullpen.
Kansas City Royals -- Gil Meche, SP (signed from Mariners): The $55 million price tag is a head-scratcher, because for all of his talent (decent K's, especially), he's injury-prone and isn't close to being proven. -- Octavio Dotel, RP (signed from Yankees): Might get a chance to close with Ambiorix Burgos dealt to the Mets. -- Brian Bannister, SP (trade from Mets): A hamstring injury cut his 2006 season short but he was looking like a rising star. Could be a nice AL-only sleeper. -- Jason LaRue, C (trade from Reds): Veteran catcher serves as John Buck's backup. -- Dewon Brazelton, SP (signed from Padres): Former first-round pick of the Devil Rays looking for another shot at redemption.