No superstars changing locations right now, but some moves of significance to look at.
Mark DeRosa traded to Cleveland. DeRosa is most valuable for his utility status. His numbers should decline soon and he is about to turn 33 and just had his career season. Look for a .295AVG/12HR/70RBi/70R line in 2009 as he re-enters the American League.
Brian Fuentes to L.A. Angels. The Angels got their closer, but don’t count on him matching Francisco Rodriguez‘ stats, just because he took over his job. He’ll probably pick up about 40 saves and hang a 3.75 ERA with a 1.25 WHIP.
Aaron Miles to ChiCubs. This was the move that allowed the Cubs to move DeRosa for salary relief. Miles posted a career year in 2008, so another .750 OPS is highly unlikey. Look for something more like .280/2/30 with a couple of stolen bases. He also will carry some position flexibility with 2B and SS (and maybe 3B, based on your league rules).
Daniel Cabrera to Washington. This kid has a live arm, but he just can’t seem to get it under control. If the Nats can figure out how to harness that thing, he could be a real find. If not, he’ll continue to struggle as he has the last few years.
Brad Penny to Boston. Penny will be a great #4 in the Boston rotation and will get plenty of run support. This move will result in a higher win total and also a higher ERA and WHIP. Look for about 14 wins with a 4.50 ERA and 1.50 WHIP.
Willy Taveras to Cincinnati. Need stolen bases? This guy will get you at least 50, if you can stomach a .270 average, no power and close to 100 strikeouts. He’s not worth spending a lot of auction cash on unless you are desperate for steals.
Randy Johnson to San Francisco. The Big Unit tries to pick up win #300 with his home town team. This might be the last hurrah for the lanky lefty and he might lose interest after he gets that 5th win of the season. So grab him cheap, ride him for 3-4 wins and then try to move him. His ability to get hurt is another reason to move him when he looks good.
Happy New Year to all.