Baseball Draft Kit: Picks & Pans
Baseball Draft Kit: Picks & Pans

This article is part of our Baseball Draft Kit series.

If I never wrote for the RotoWire magazine, it would still be my favorite preseason fantasy mag because of its late deadlines. The mag will always be the freshest on your newsstand in February because the staff at RotoWire gives us December deadlines to complete our articles. This is important in making picks for the following season, because the offseason player market – and especially the Winter Meetings – can change the opportunities for dozens of players.

This year's picks and pans will emphasize, though not exclusively, players whose situation changed due to transactions through the meetings in Maryland. Talent matters, but when it comes to fantasy baseball, a clear path to playing time and a specific role is everything. Thanks to RotoWire, I get to use the latest information possible to make these calls, all to the benefit of your fantasy teams.

PICKS

Mauricio Cabrera, RP

After all that, the first name up is a player whose situation was actually made worse in the fall, when Jim Johnson signed a two-year deal that should allow him to start 2017 as the Braves' closer. While Johnson will have the ninth inning to start the year, Cabrera is the long-term play in that bullpen. He averaged 100.1 mph with his fastball in 38 innings last year, getting swings and misses on almost 12 percent of his deliveries. When batters did hit that heater, they hit the ball on the ground half the time. Cabrera will pick up double-digit saves in

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Joe Sheehan
Joe Sheehan is a contributor to Sports Illustrated and runs his own newsletter at JoeSheehan.com. Previously, he was a founding member of Baseball Prospectus. He's been a contributing writer to RotoWire since its inception and can frequently be heard as a guest on RotoWire Fantasy Sports Today on Sirius XM Radio.
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