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April 17, 2014

Free Agent Watch

Week Three

by Mike Gianella


12-Team Mixed Hitter
Jason Kubel, OF, Minnesota Twins

A return to the Twin Cities seems to have done Kubel a world of good, and injuries to Josh Willingham and Oswaldo Arcia have converted Kubel from a platoon player into a full-timer. The fun isn’t going to last forever, but as long as Kubel is swinging a hot bat he is fine as a mixed league play in the outfield. Your best bet is to try to make sure that the Twins are facing a right-handed heavy group of pitchers before setting your line-up for the week; losing Kubel two or more times a week or having Ron Gardenhire stick Kubel in there against a lefty isn’t the best use of a roster spot in mixed.

Comparable Player: Cody Ross

12-Team Mixed Pitcher
Robbie Erlin, LHP, San Diego Padres

The bad news on Josh Johnson means that Erlin could stick long term for the Padres, but Erlin probably should have been on your radar by now anyway. The short lefthander is anything but dominant, but increased usage of his slider so far has produced some extremely positive results that may not be merely the usual Petco bounce. Reserve slots in standard mixed are usually very tight, so Erlin might not be worth hanging onto if you’re just going to spot start him, but at the very least I’d monitor Erlin to see if he keeps up with the increased slider usage. It’s a formula that has worked before with

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