Nothing has a bigger impact on any given fantasy baseball season than player movement in the offseason. And one of the most exciting aspects of offseason player movement is the possibility of taking an ancillary fantasy baseball player and watching his new home turn him into a ‘diamond’ in the rough.
But player movement can also be a bit tricky.
Last year, Cliff Lee was cruising along in Seattle with an 8-3 record and a 2.34 ERA until he became a member of the Rangers, where he compiled a more curious 4-6 record alongside a 3.98 ERA. This was largely due to the difference between Rangers Ballpark in Arlington compared to the cavernous black hole Lee pitched in at Safeco Field.
So let’s take a look at what players went where, and what type of effect—positive or negative—it could have on their overall fantasy baseball value.