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Here’s the first look at the 2014 Lester’s Legends’ Designated Hitter Rankings.
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1. David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox
Big Papi just keeps delivering. He hit .309 with 84 runs, 30 home runs and 103 RBI. He hit .688 with two home runs and six RBI during the World Series.
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2. Carlos Santana, Cleveland Indians
Carlos Santana has eligibility at catcher and first base, but will serve as Cleveland’s primary DH. He has averaged 77 runs, 21.7 home runs and 76.3 RBI over the past three seasons.
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3. Billy Butler, Kansas City Royals
Billy Butler hit .289 with 62 runs, 15 home runs and 82 RBI. It was a little disappointing after hitting .313 with 29 home runs and 107 RBI in 2012, but he’s been solid for the past five years averaging .302 with 72.66 runs, 19.8 home runs and 91 RBI.
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4. Alfonso Soriano, New York Yankees
The additions of Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran moves Soriano to DH. He hit .255 last year, but scored 84 runs with 34 home runs, 101 RBI and 18 stolen bases. Soriano has outfield eligibility, which adds to his value.
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5. Victor Martinez, Detroit Tigers
Victor Martinez hit .301 with 68 runs, 14 home runs and 83 RBI. The Tigers will use him at catcher more this season, which would add to his appeal.
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6. Adam Lind, Toronto Blue Jays
Adam Lind hit .288 last year with 67 runs, 23 home runs and 67 RBI. He has averaged 23.6 home runs and 77 RBI over the past five seasons.
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7. Chris Carter, Houston Astros
You’ll have to live with his .223 average, but Carter slugged 29 home runs with 82 RBI.
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8. Mitch Moreland, Texas Rangers
Mitch Moreland has averaged 18 home runs over the past three seasons. He offers some pop, but is a .253 hitter.
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9. Adam Dunn, Chicago White Sox
Dunn is a career .238 hitter, but has 11 seasons with at least 26 home runs. He’ll yield some at-bats to Paul Konerko, which hurts his value.
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10. Matt Joyce, Tampa Bay Rays
Matt Joyce is a .249 career hitter, but has averaged 18 home runs over the past three years. He can add some pop to your lineup.
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Here are the 2013 Lester’s Legends fantasy baseball designated hitter rankings.
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1. Billy Butler, Kansas City Royals
Butler blew up last year with a .313-72-29-107-2 line. He’s a career .300 hitter and now that he’s added the power, he’s become more dangerous and valuable.
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2. David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox
Big Papi was limited to 90 games last year, but he managed to turn in a .318-65-23-60-0 line. His 1.026 OPS was his highest since 2007. Papi is getting long in the tooth, but he continues to produce.
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3. Mark Trumbo, Los Angeles Angels
Trumbo has 61 home runs over the past two seasons. He doesn’t score many runs or hit for average, but he should provide plenty of power, especially in that offense.
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4. Victor Martinez, Detroit Tigers
Martinez didn’t play last year, but he’s a professional hitter. He has a career .303 batting average and provides some pop. His catcher eligibility makes him valuable.
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5. Chris Davis, Baltimore Orioles
Davis finally delivered on his power promise with 33 bombs for the Orioles. They are the perfect fit for his free-swinging ways. Look for the power to continue.
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6. Adam Dunn, Chicago White Sox
Dunn regained his power stroke with 41 home runs. His batting average, .204 last year and .240 lifetime, is a serious liability though.
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7. Adam Lind, Toronto Blue Jays
Lind has decent power when he can stay healthy. His average, especially against left-handed pitching, leaves plenty to be desired, but he can help fantasy teams with his bat.
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8. Kendrys Morales, Seattle Mariners
Morales returned from his long absence to his 22 home runs and drive in 73 runs. He should get more opportunities in Seattle, where there isn’t quite the logjam of talent as there was in Anaheim.
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Here are the 2012 Lester’s Legends fantasy baseball designated hitter rankings.
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1.  David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox:  Big Papi returned to form posting a .309-84-29-96-1 line. With a power-packed lineup, Papi should continue to produce.
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2. Michael Young, Texas Rangers:  His power dipped to 11 HRs last year, but he hit .338 with 106 RBI. The nice thing about Young is his eligibility at first base, third base, and potentially second base gives you more flexibility than a standard DH.
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3.  Billy Butler, Kansas City Royals:  He played just 11 games at first base last year so you likely won’t have that positional flexibility. Coming off a rock solid .291-74-19-95-2 season and turning 26 in April make him a solid candidate once again.
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4.  Delmon Young, Detroit Tigers:  He has outfield eligibility and will spend some time there, but he’ll also spend time as the Tigers’ designated hitter. He was much better following the move to Detroit last year and should continue to produce.
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5.  Jesus Montero, Seattle Mariners:  If he can gain catcher eligibility his value will soar. Regardless if he does so or not, he should still be a valuable commodity at the plate.
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6.  Raul Ibanez, New York Yankees: He will turn 40 this summer so there is some concern, but he has power and is well-suited for Yankee Stadium.
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7.  Edwin Encarnacion, Toronto Blue Jays:  He has the power (38 HRs over the past two years) and if he can keep his average around .270 again he will be a solid fantasy option. Having first and third base eligibility helps.
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8.  Adam Dunn, Chicago White Sox:  His first year with the White Sox couldn’t have gone much worse. He hit .159 last year. He has first base eligibility going for him, but when you hit that poorly there is some serious cause for concern. If he can bounce back he’ll be a decent discount. If not, at least he won’t come at as high of an asking price.
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9.  Travis Hafner, Cleveland Indians:  He can deliver when healthy (13 HRs in 94 games), but that seems to be an issue with Pronk.
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10.  Luke Scott, Tampa Bay Rays:  He was limited to 64 games last year, but has power when healthy.
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11.  Kendrys Morales, Los Angeles Angels:  Speaking of injury risk, Morales hasn’t played since 2010. He was tearing it up at the time of his injury. Use caution with him though.
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The first time around I ranked 11 designated hitters. Some of those players aren’t going to hold the position in 2010 (Adam Lind) and others are simply not worthy of your fantasy rosters.

Without further ado, here is my revised DH rankings.

1.  Vladimir Guerrero – I had him third last time, but I’v reconsidered. He’s going to a great offense in a park where he’s hit extremely well.

2.  David Ortiz – He found his power stroke in June and hit 27 HRs with 78 RBIs to close out the year.

3.  Jason Kubel – His OF eligibility makes him more valuable, but you’re taking him for his long ball.

4.  Hideki Matsui – Matsui is leaving the potent lineup of the Yankees for the Angels. I think he’s well-suited for Mike Scioscia’s style. 

5.  Nick Johnson – Health is always an issue with Johnson, but the man can hit. If he hits second in the Yankees’ lineup, his value will soar.  Nick also has 1B eligibility.

6.  Luke Scott – Scott is a great late-round HR pick. The trade-off is the average. Should have OF eligibility.

7.  Jose Guillen – Guillen is an excellent candidate for a 2010 rebound. He also has OF eligibility.  

8.  Travis Hafner – Injuries have plagued Pronk, but he could be productive in Cleveland’s young offense.

9.  Jack Cust – He’s gonna go yard, but I’m concerned that Jake Fox will take some of his ABs. 

Click to see the rest of the 2010 fantasy baseball rankings.

Here’s an early look at Designated Hitter Rankings.

1. David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox
His average went to hell, but Big Papi slugged 27 HRs with 78 RBIs from June through October (363 ABs).

2. Jason Kubel, Minnesota Twins
Kubel has really developed into a solid deep threat. His average jumped up last year as well. Time will tell how the move to the new ballpark will affect him, but I’m banking on another solid season from him.

3. Vladimir Guerrero, Texas Rangers
He should be very produtive in his new home.

4. Adam Lind, Toronto Blue Jays
Lind had a breakout season last year, but I expect his numbers to decline.

5. Hideki Matsui, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

He’s not playing in as cushy a ballpark nor as potent a lineup. However, he still should be productive if he can stay healthy.

6. Nick Johnson, New York Yankees
His health is also an issue, but the move to the Bronx should be a favorable one.

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