OK the title may be a bit misleading as there never was a trip to Orlando, Florida made. But there have a couple recent signings of free agents whom share the first name Orlando.
Orlando Hudon, and Orlando Cabrera.
With each player signing on with a new club, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Oakland Athletics, respectively. Both have seen minimal change in their fantasy value. Lets take a quick look at each player, and see how their new homes will impact their 2009 performance.
Orlando Hudson . Here is a guy that has posted a rather solid stat line over the previous three seasons. .294avg, 11hr, 57rbi, 70r, 8sb, .366OBP, .448SLG, .815OPS. But those numbers were largely aided by playing in the favourable Chase Field, where he posted a .315/.393/.509 line, compared to .274/.339/.392 on the road.
Also take into consideration that he's ended the last two seasons on the disabled list with hand injuries, and he becomes less attractive.
Move him out a hitters paradise, put him in one of the better pitchers parks, ranking 13th in home runs, 15th, in batting average and runs scored and dead last in triples, and you can see why Hudson's ADP has falled 8 picks since his signing.
On the plus side, he's got the chance to pick up a bunch of RBI, hitting 8th in the Dodgers lineup behind, James Loney and Casey Blake.
Orlando Cabrera. This is one player that I've always liked. He's not a standout in anyone category, but he's consistent, and despite his advancing age (34), he's still productive. Averaging .288avg, 8hr, 72rbi,96r, 22sb, .340obp, .390slg, .730ops line over the last three seasons, and you can see why he's a favourite of mine for the middle infield slot.
It was a given that no matter where he ended up he was going to score a lot of runs, and it looks like it remain that way. In a lineup featuring mashers Jack Cust, Jason Giambi, and Matt Holliday, you can bank on Cabrera breaking the 90+ run plateau.
The biggest down side for this signing is the move out of another friendly hitters park (US Cellular) into a leviathan of a home environment named McAfee Coliseum. Ranking 13th in the AL in runs last year, and dead last in batting average, one can only hope that Cabrera can do alot of damage while on the road.
He likely won't get many opportunities to drive in many runs out of the lead off spot, likely batting behind Kurt Suzuki, Aaron Cunningham, Rajai Davis his opportunites may be limited.
Unlike Hudson, Cabrera's ADP hasn't changed much, if at all.
With the preceived lack of talent at the middle infield positions, both players must be drafted, but one can't expect too much. Look for their three year averages as ceiling numbers. Anything more is icing on the cake.