2014 Outlook: After two seasons of reaping the benefits of the American League and its designated-hitter rule, Doumit returns to the National League, where he'll be forced to fight for at-bats between catcher and the corner outfield spots with the Atlanta Braves. It's a puzzling arrangement; he'll pair with Evan Gattis, a fellow all-bat, no-glove catcher, but both have defensively minded Gerald Laird around to thieve at-bats. Doumit's fantasy appeal is less in Atlanta than it was in Minnesota, primarily because of diminished playing time; think of him as more the Pittsburgh Pirates model of 2007-11 -- injury risk and all -- than the one we saw the past two seasons.
2014 Outlook: The second longest-tenured player with his current team behind only Derek Jeter, Konerko returns to one of the most cluttered first base/DH pictures he has seen in his 16 years with the Chicago White Sox. Jose Abreu's arrival threatens to cut into Konerko's playing time somewhat, but that's a decision that makes some sense, as Konerko begins 2014 at the age of 38 and riding a three-year pattern of declining OPS. Back issues might have made his career decline appear more extreme in 2013 than was reality, but even with a mild rebound, Konerko is more AL-only than mixed asset, and he has more of a look of a daily-league, play-against-lefties type, having batted .313/.398/.525 against southpaws last season.
2014 Outlook: Pinto burst onto both the major league and prospect scene in 2013, as he slashed .309/.400/.482 between Double- and Triple-A while flashing improved enough defense that he was no longer a liability behind the dish, and in a 21-game stint for the Minnesota Twins he batted .342 with four home runs to convince the team to shift Joe Mauer to another position permanently. Still, the Twins brought in veteran tutelage in Kurt Suzuki, affording them the luxury of returning Pinto to the minors, or making him a little-used backup. Pinto would need a strong spring to capture half or more of the gig, but if he does, he's an intriguing AL-only or deep-mixed No. 2 catcher with upside.
2014 Outlook: Through his first three big league seasons, Chisenhall has looked more the part of third-base platoon man than a future above-average regular, which is why winter chatter that Carlos Santana might see time at the hot corner was taken so seriously. Chisenhall still appears the Cleveland Indians' likely starter, at least against righties, as he has an OPS 102 points higher against them than lefties. AL-only owners can plug him in as a corner infielder.
2014 Outlook: Ibanez's 2013 was a tale of two seasons in the power department: He belted 24 homers in the first half, which ranked fifth in the majors, but only five in the second half, which ranked 135th. Most of that could be explained by a ridiculously fortunate 26.1 home run/fly-ball percentage in the first half, followed by a 9.4 percent in the second half, the latter closer to his true value. As was the case last season, Ibanez isn't in a great power environment in L.A., and at 41 he's more likely to decline than progress statistically. Still, he can hit a few out for an AL-only team or be a mixed-league plug-in should he experience a hot spell.
2014 Outlook: Callaspo is ticketed for a utility role with the Oakland Athletics this season, a candidate to sneak in starts at any of the four infield positions as well as designated hitter. Considering his career lefty/righty splits, he'll be a handy bench bat for a team that likes to capitalize upon platoon advantages. He's a .300/.346/.420 lifetime hitter against left-handers, so AL-only or deep mixed owners whose leagues afford daily transactions should be mixing and matching only those assignments.
2014 Outlook: One on hand, San Diego wouldn't have traded a commodity like Luke Gregerson to get Smith if it didn't plan to use him. On the other, in spite of hitting left-handed, if everyone else in the Padres outfield is healthy, Smith could be the fifth-best option. However, since two of the better options are the injury-prone Carlos Quentin and Cameron Maybin, Smith will get his time. It won't be enough to make Smith mixed-league worthy, but he may get more playing time than expected, which makes him the ideal reserve for deep leagues.
2014 Outlook: Forsythe doesn't appear to have a path to regular playing time barring an injury, but there isn't anyone better than Joe Maddon when it comes to utilizing his personnel. However, unless Forsythe cuts down on the whiffs, the available at-bats may go elsewhere. If you favor the stars-and-scrubs strategy in deep leagues, Forsythe's power and speed skills prorate to double digits over a full season, so he makes for a sneaky speculative play.
2014 Outlook: Acquired from the Oakland Athletics in the winter's Craig Gentry trade, Choice is a candidate to score a platoon role with the Texas Rangers this spring. He was a .308/.414/.458 hitter against lefties at Triple-A Sacramento last year; his .300/.383/.442 split against righties, however, shows that he's not a liability against them, either. AL-only owners might squeeze low-end value from him, but check to ensure he makes the team in such a role before investing more than a final-round pick.
2014 Outlook: Raburn's prowess against lefties makes him a viable option in daily leagues when a southpaw is on the hill, but don't expect a repeat of last season's power surge. His home run per fly ball mark of 24 percent was almost twice his career norm.
2014 Outlook: If you're looking for sexy upside, there's nothing to see here. But if you want some stability for the back end of your AL-only outfield, stick around. Strictly an endgame play, DeJesus is the classic won't-hurt-you fifth outfielder. Of course that means he doesn't do much to help you either, but in deep leagues, at-bats are currency and DeJesus is durable.
2014 Outlook: Injuries have proved to be a major issue for Reimold the past two years. He has made three trips to the DL, missing more than 100 team games in each of those seasons, his numbers suffering dearly for it. All indications are that he's healthy enough to compete for a platoon role in left field or at DH this spring, though it's not a role perfect to his skill set, as he has a .775 career OPS against righties, .749 against lefties. Reimold would need to open some eyes to warrant even much AL-only consideration; he is only a flier in the deepest of those formats for now.
2014 Outlook: Valencia is an effective All-Star against left-handed pitching: He's a .329/.367/.513 hitter against them in four big-league seasons. Unfortunately, he's a liability against righties, with .229/.269/.360 career rates, giving him the look of a clear straight platoon man. The Kansas City Royals, who acquired him this winter, could use him in tandem with Mike Moustakas, but that'd be a role of greater interest in AL-only leagues and daily formats than in shallow mixed.