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Winter moves roundup: NL

Posted: Tuesday December 12, 2006 12:29PM; Updated: Tuesday December 12, 2006 5:47PM
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Carlos Lee had career highs with 37 homers, 116 RBIs and 19 steals splitting time between Milwaukee and Texas last season.
Carlos Lee had career highs with 37 homers, 116 RBIs and 19 steals splitting time between Milwaukee and Texas last season.
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Here comes Part 2 of my winter fantasy baseball reset. It seems like there were a lot more notable names moving around in the National League, but you can thank the Cubs and Dodgers for plenty of that.

Arizona Diamondbacks
-- Doug Davis, SP (trade from Brewers): Numbers fell off badly after two decent years in Milwaukee, but there's room for improvement in the desert.
-- Dana Eveland, RP (trade from Brewers): Lefty may shuttle between the rotation and the bullpen.
-- Dave Krynzel, OF (trade from Brewers): Former first-round pick still looking for spot.

Atlanta Braves
-- Rafael Soriano, RP (trade from Mariners): Health injuries have curtailed his progress, but he has great stuff and could be groomed to be a future closer. Trading Ramirez to get Soriano opens up some rotation spots for guys like Kyle Davies and Oscar Villarreal.
-- Tanyon Sturtze, RP (signed from Yankees): Logged lots of innings as a middle reliever in the Bronx before getting hurt last year.

Chicago Cubs
-- Alfonso Soriano, OF (signed from Nationals): One of the most valuable fantasy players gets a huge contract to go to the Friendly Confines where his value should jump even more.
-- Aramis Ramirez, 3B (re-signed): One of the best fantasy third basemen in recent years. Staying in Chicago helps his cause.
-- Ted Lilly, SP (signed from Blue Jays): An OK lefty over the years, although the $40 million deal seems a bit much. He can rack up strikeouts but does have a history of nagging injuries.
-- Jason Marquis, SP (signed from Cardinals): Piled up wins despite a mediocre ERA last season.
-- Kerry Wood, SP (re-signed): Gets a cheap deal to be part of the bullpen.
-- Mark DeRosa, 2B (signed from Rangers): Career year in Texas nets him a starting second base job in Chicago. Not bad for a former utility man in Atlanta.
-- Neal Cotts, RP (trade from White Sox): Fell off badly in 2006 after a stellar 2005 on the South Side. A decent lefty reliever for vulture wins.

Cincinnati Reds
-- Alex Gonzalez, SS (signed from Red Sox): Might hit a few homers in cozy Great American Ballpark, especially as a starter, but don't expect much else from a fantasy perspective.
-- Mike Stanton, RP (signed from Giants): Veteran reliever had a resurgence last season grabbing a bunch of saves late and now gets in the closer mix in Cincinnati.
-- David Weathers, RP (re-signed): Trying to get himself some saves as well.

Colorado Rockies
-- Willy Taveras, OF (trade from Astros): Lots of speed, and now could bolster his value with a nice lineup around him, not to mention the Coors effect.
-- Jason Hirsh, SP (trade from Astros): A top Houston pitching prospect went 3-4 with a 6.09 ERA last season. Still has room to grow.
-- Taylor Buchholz, SP (trade from Astros): Had his moments last year but finished 6-10 with a 5.89 ERA.
-- LaTroy Hawkins, RP (signed from Orioles): Still a setup man, just at a higher altitude.
-- Kaz Matsui, 2B (re-signed): Hit .345 in limited action after a trade from the Mets. Could be the starting second baseman.

Florida Marlins
-- Kevin Gregg, RP (trade from Angels): With Joe Borowski gone to Cleveland, the closer's job is wide open and Gregg might be in the mix.

Houston Astros
-- Carlos Lee, OF (signed from Rangers): A somewhat underappreciated fantasy player with his ability to hit homers and steal bases. Moving to Minute Maid Park should help bolster the power numbers.
-- Jason Jennings, SP (trade from Rockies): One of the first pitchers to pitch reasonably well at Coors, he had a career-best 3.78 ERA last season. Now he'll have to pitch well at Minute Maid.
-- Woody Williams, P (signed from Padres): Veteran arm can still log innings and get a few wins here and there, although he's not anything close to replacing Andy Pettitte or Roger Clemens in the rotation.


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