A few different organizations are reporting that the Anaheim Angels and Chicago White Sox are discussing a possible trade involving Paul Konerko. A few scenarios have been bantered about, but the 2 names most commonly seen as going from
From a fantasy perspective (which is what we do here), if this trade happens, I like this deal for both teams.
Chone Figgins (3B)
Casey Kotchman (1B)
Vladimir Guerrero (RF)
Paul Konerko (DH)
Garret Anderson/ Juan Rivera (LF)
Torii Hunter (CF)
Gary Matthews (CF/ LF)
Mike Napoli (C)
Erick Ayabar (SS)
Maicer Izturis (2B)
The biggest problem
The fantasy impact for Konerko, could be great. I think him moving into a much deeper line up, should help his RBIs and Runs totals. He is not an elite 1B, but certainly he isn't far off. After Albert Pujols, Ryan Howard, Prince Fielder, and Carlos Pena you could make the argument that, in this Anaheim line up, Konerko could be a legit top 5 1B. At worst Konerko gives his usual .280, with 30+HR, and 100+RBIs... nothing spectacular, but there is a lot to be said for being consistent in fantasy sports.
I think this puts Kendrick into the top 10 of 2B rankings. Don't be fooled, 2B is a surprisingly deep position, but I believe in Kendrick this much as a player. The injury bug bit him in 2007, expect a very nice 2008. Personally I think he will be a top 5 2B, but there isn't enough of a track record for me to go saying that, without facts to back it up.
It could be a while before this even happens. IF this deal happens. So we'll see how things change and comment further from there.