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July 18, 2013

Free Agent Watch

Week 16

by Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre


12-Team Mixed

Matt Joyce, OF, Tampa Bay Rays

Joyce is reaching the point in his career where he is becoming a predictable commodity: a power-hitting, low-batting-average guy who will sit against most left-handed pitchers during the season. His utility comes in leagues with daily line-up changes; in this format, Joyce is a must-start against right-handers (he is a top-20 outfielder against righties) and should be firmly planted on your bench against lefties (he typically doesn’t play). I prefer Joyce in OBP leagues, although his OBP has slipped somewhat in 2013.
Mike Gianella

Comparable Player: Josh Willingham

Eric Stults, SP, San Diego Padres

They moved the fences in at Petco this year, but Stults is still benefiting from home cooking in 2013. He’s also murder on left-handed batters; his .182 batting average allowed to lefties is the ninth-best mark in the majors. Stults is a match-up play in mixed leagues; it is best to start him against left-leaning lineups at home. The schedule gets tough for Stults after the break. If it stays as is, Stults will get the Cardinals and Diamondbacks on the road, the Reds and Orioles at home, and the Rockies at Coors. Things could change, but the time to take advantage of Stults in your mixed league may have passed.
—Mike Gianella

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