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July 11, 2013

Free Agent Watch

Week 15

by Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre


12-Team Mixed

Marlon Byrd, OF, New York Mets

I have considered writing about Byrd for weeks. I have resisted, partially because I keep expecting him to cool off, but partially because he’s Marlon freaking Byrd. At some point, though, you have to cry uncle. Byrd is on pace for a 26 HR, 88 RBI season. He’s going to cool off, but even in OBP leagues, you have to play the hot hand. If you’re suffering because Matt Kemp went back on the DL, there’s nothing wrong with rolling Byrd out there as long as he’s prolonging the magic. —Mike Gianella

Comparable Player: YTD Jay Bruce. Going forward, Garrett Jones.

John Axford, RP, Milwaukee Brewers

Starting pitchers are the obvious, knee-jerk choice to write about in a standard mixed league, but once in a while a reliever is worth considering. Since his hiccup in the first week (four games) of the season, Axford has a 1.87 ERA in 33 2/3 innings with 34 strikeouts. He is still prone to the occasional control issues, but he is decent enough that he would be passable as a closer. With arbitration on the horizon, there is a good chance that the Brewers flip Axford to a contender at the deadline. Axford is a solid play in a mixed league that uses start limits even if he isn’t closing. The strikeouts provide value in this specific type of format. —Mike Gianella

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