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June 20, 2013

Free Agent Watch

Week 12

by Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre


12-Team Mixed

Jason Kubel, OF, Arizona Diamondbacks

Kubel typically runs hot and cold, and 2013 has been no exception. After busting out of the gate with a super-hot April, Kubel all but disappeared in May, posting an awful 482 OPS. He has bounced back in June to some degree. There are a couple of problems with Kubel though that makes him a borderline option at best. First, the power has been down significantly this year. Kubel’s .403 SLG would be the worst full-season number of his career, and the 16 home runs he might hit are not acceptable from a mixed-league outfielder. Second, he has fallen into a quasi-platoon with A.J. Pollock. Granted, Kubel is on the “good” side of the platoon, but again he may not be productive enough to use as a platoon option depending on how deep your league’s bench is. —Mike Gianella

Comparable Player: Justin Smoak

Jason Vargas, SP, Los Angeles Angels

Vargas is a boring option in mixed leagues, but an option nonetheless. He moved from one favorable venue in Seattle to another in Anaheim and hasn’t missed a beat. Vargas is a good example of a pitcher who can easily outdo his FIP; the pitchers’ park combined with the outfield defense and range of Mike Trout and Peter Bourjos should keep Vargas’ ERA under 4.00. He isn’t a regular guy in mixers, but a worthy stream for home starts and in particular against weaker opponents. —Mike Gianella

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