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Just because Richie Sexson has a new uniform for 2004, don't expect the slugging first baseman to be a new fantasy player. Sexson topped 40 home runs, 120 RBI and 150 strikeouts in two of the past three seasons, and there's little to suggest moving to Arizona will inhibit or enhance his chances of doing so again. Bank One Ballpark produced slightly fewer runs than Miller Park last season, while the Diamondbacks and Brewers produced almost identical runs and on-base percentages.
So can Sexson make the same leap as Jason Giambi, who turned 28 before drawing 100 walks or hitting .300 in a season? Sexson's improving walk totals suggest it's possible, but a second-round pick is a steep price to pay for another .270 season.
The Brewers picked up a lot of bodies, but not a lot of fantasy potential. Lyle Overbay should win the job at first base, but he doesn't have much power. Junior Spivey and Craig Counsell's best assets are infield eligibility, although Spivey may move to the outfield if super prospect Rickie Weeks is ready at second base. All are middle-round picks at best in NL-only fantasy leagues. The sleeper of the bunch for 2004 is lefty Chris Capuano, who went 9-5 with a 3.34 ERA in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League and 2-4 with a 4.64 ERA for Arizona in his first season back from Tommy John surgery. He could be a left-handed Brian Lawrence.