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April 10, 2014

Free Agent Watch

Week Two

by Mike Gianella


AL-ONLY

Hitter: David Ross, C, Boston Red Sox
Suffer an early catching injury? Wondering if you just simply leave a dead slot on your team or try to make a shrewd free agent pick up? Look no further than David Ross. He doesn’t offer much, but a handful of home runs without enough at bats to destroy your batting average is good enough in an AL-only league. Ross should be good for 5-7 home runs assuming he has no lingering concussion effects this year.

Comparable Player: John Buck with more batting average

Pitcher: Roenis Elias, LHP, Seattle Mariners
Even deep league (non-dynasty) owners weren’t aware of Elias until he was tapped to make the Mariners Opening Day rotation just before the season started. After Elias’s first solid start, it might be tempting to roll the dice with him in an only league. However, I would hold off if possible for at least another start or two. His stuff is serviceable but doesn’t speak to a pitcher who will blow anyone out of the water. He has managed to get hitters out at every level, but the jump from Double-A to the majors might prove a little much, particularly once teams get a good look. I’d only stream Elias if I were desperate for a win; it’s way too early for your team to be in this mode yet. Right?

Comparable Player: Tom Koehler

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