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This trade could be just what Derrek Lee's fantasy owners were looking for. Lee's a good player already; no first baseman is capable of 20-plus steals and a 30-100 season like Lee. Now Lee leaves a tough hitter's park for the Friendly Confines, where he could hit right behind Sammy Sosa. Note that Lee has 51 homers on the road over the last three seasons, and only 28 at Florida, and his slugging percentage is similarly much stronger away from home.
Lee's been a steady fantasy first baseman the past four years, close to a top 10 guy. Now, he should break into that group with the power numbers you demand consistently from the position.
As for other players affected here, this ends (thankfully) the Eric Karros/Randall Simon era in Chicago. No big fantasy loss there. In Florida, Hee Seop Choi does have potential, but he is no more guaranteed a job now. Remember, Jeff Conine remains a Marlin and he's staying, and his best position is first base. When Choi did play in 2003, he struck out nearly once a game, and batted .218, and he might be more of a doubles hitter than a 30-homer guy. Now he's in a tough park. Choi's not a fantasy worthy first baseman until he proves more, and don't be shocked if he ends up spending 2004 in the minors.