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September 19, 2013

Free Agent Watch

Week 25

by Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre


12-TEAM MIXED

Jon Jay, OF, St. Louis Cardinals
In -only leagues, you have to take whatever measly at-bats you can get. If playing time opens up and you have a dead spot, it is a knee-jerk response to grab a player and worry about performance later. Mixed leagues offer more choices, and owners have the luxury of zeroing in on certain categories at the end of the season. A case in point is Jon Jay. Jay’s .272 batting average is barely worth considering, but over the last 15 days he has been putting up crooked numbers in runs and stolen bases for a recently red-hot Cardinals offense (admittedly, Coors has helped somewhat). If you need power, leave Jay in the free agent pool. On the other hand, if you are set in home runs and RBI but need a boost in runs or stolen bases, Jay might be your guy. Elliot Johnson has stolen five bases in the last 15 days, but the Cardinals are jockeying for playoff position while the Cardinals are not. Jay is likely to play regularly over the last 11 days of the regular season or until the Cards clinch a division title/avoid that dreaded wild card play-in game. —Mike Gianella

Remaining Schedule @COL (1), @MIL (3), WAS (3), CHC (3)

Josh Fields, RP, Houston Astros
Chasing saves? It’s unlikely that you are, but Josh Fields is the rare reliever out on the wire who might be able to help. Fields is only owned in 26 percent of ESPN leagues, meaning there is a good chance he’s available in your mixed league. He is arguably the worst closer out there and he is on a bad team, but if he is the exclusive closer, as a matter of chance it’s entirely possible that he could save 3-4 games the rest of the way. Again, this might be meaningless to many in mixed formats; only chase if you need the saves. In start limit leagues, it’s inexcusable if Fields is out there if you’ve reached your start limit. —Mike Gianella

Remaining Schedule: @CLE (4), @TEX (3), NYY (3)

DEEP MIXED

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