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August 22, 2013

Free Agent Watch

Week 21

by Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre


12-Team Mixed

Mark Reynolds, 3B/1B, New York Yankees

The Yankees brought Reynolds in to provide some additional pop against left-handers. This makes him well and good in AL-only formats, but in mixed leagues, this makes Reynolds a rather tenuous play. Even if the Yankees decided to play Reynolds exclusively at 1B and benched Lyle Overbay, Reynolds’ bad batting average would make him risky. In mixed leagues with daily moves, I’m okay with streaming Reynolds against a weak left-hander. However, not many formats permit this or have roster rules conducive to this type of strategy. I’d leave Reynolds in the free-agent pool in mixed. —Mike Gianella

Comparable Player: Russell Branyan, back in the day

Martin Perez SP, Texas Rangers
Bret wrote Perez up for deeper mixed leagues back on June 27. The next day, Perez went out and threw 6 2/3 shutout innings, making Bret look like a genius. Then, the wheels came off and over Perez’s next five starts he put up an awful 5.81 ERA and 1.671 WHIP in 26 1/3 IP. Mixed-league Perez owners responded by dropping him in short order. Since that time, Perez has quietly reeled off a nice little streak, putting up a 2.12 ERA in his last four starts. Quality of opponent has to be taken into consideration, as Perez faced the Angels, Angels (again), Astros, and Mariners, but what really caught my eye was a moderate spike in strikeouts. Whether or not Perez is worth starting in 12-team mixed comes down to the whiffs. If he’s “only” striking out 3-4 batters a game, he’s a fringe play even if the ERA/WHIP are okay. On the other hand, if Perez can get 6-7 strikeouts per outing, he’s suddenly a viable option, particularly in favorable match-ups —Mike Gianella

Comparable Player: Matt Harrison

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