On to the first basemen. I’m assuming Fick is the starting first baseman, at least in a platoon role, but that could change. He came up as a catcher, and was mostly an outfielder last year.

Fick is a lefthanded hitter, and a converted catcher as indicated above. He came through the Tigers organization as their catching hope, but at some stage they decided he couldn’t catch and started jerking him around. He didn’t really hit much in the majors until 2001, when he went .272/.339/.476. His numbers from last year aren’t quite as good (.270/.331/.433) but that comes with a caveat. He was the Tigers’ token All-Star, hitting .290 with 11 homers in the first half. But he slumped badly in July and August (actually, the slump began before the break) while nursing a shoulder injury. He had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his non-throwing shoulder in October.

The Tigers are a bad organization, the sort of organization that does those sorts of things — move players all over the place, ask them to learn on the job in the majors, make them play through injuries for no gain to the team. And then take it out on the player; they non-tendered Fick, allowing the Braves to sign him as a free agent. I’m fairly confident that if Fick is healthy he will be a productive player at first base, an .850 OPS type, and he could surprise.

Robert Fick Statistics – Baseball-Reference.com