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April 3, 2014

Free Agent Watch

Week One

by Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre


Welcome back to our weekly walk through some of the players who may want to keep an extra eye on in your leagues. Mike and I will be tackling this topic on Thursdays again and focusing on a single hitter and pitcher in four of the more popular formats: shallow mixed, deep mixed, NL-only and AL-only. These are certainly not the only players who are worth picking up, but it gives us a nice opportunity to write about players we have close tabs on in our leagues.

12-Team Mixed

Adam LaRoche, 1B, Washington Nationals
There was really not a whole lot of excitement around LaRoche during draft season, even in deeper mixed and NL-only formats. And while he’s taken in those leagues, those selections and bids were met with either disdain or a yawn. If there was someone in your league who was SUPER EXCITED to get him on their team, you’re very much in the minority. However, after hitting a two-run homer on Opening Day (to go along with two walks and three runs scored), those owners are probably feeling a little better about their boring selection. LaRoche may be 34 years old, but he’s still only one season removed from a 33-homer, 100-RBI season that saw him finish sixth in the National League MVP voting. Yes, that actually happened. [Fun fact: LaRoche got the only black ink of his career in 2012 when he led the National League in sacrifice flies with nine]. There was a time when the Nationals’ first baseman was considered .270/20/80 in the bank, and while he’s only done that once in the last four years, he’s probably still closer to that guy than we all are comfortable betting on (Opening Day home run or not). —Bret Sayre

Comparable Player: Adam LaRoche in his prime

Drew Hutchison, SP, Toronto Blue Jays
Hutchison was a lost player, with his post-prospect status being even further muddled by injury. However, the reports on the 23-year-old right-hander from spring training were glowing—and the stats too, but that’s clearly the less important of the two. Flash forward to Tuesday as he threw 5 1/3 shutout innings against the Rays in his 2014 debut. The results may have looked really nice, but let’s not get too ahead of ourselves here. Hutchison did walk three batters and only got three whiffs on anything other than his fastball. Also, the supposed mid-90s velocity from the spring didn’t quite show up, as he only averaged 92.7 mph and barely peaked above 94 just once. That said, he’s a strong candidate for both mixed leagues with shallow benches as a streaming option or mixed leagues with deep benches as a keep. He still has the potential for two above-average secondaries to go along with a fastball that has shown as plus. Even in Toronto, he can hold an ERA in the 3.00s with enough strikeouts to keep your eye from wandering. —Bret Sayre

Comparable Player: Dillon Gee

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