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April 24, 2014

Free Agent Watch

Week Four

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 singular 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 pickups, but it gives us a nice opportunity to write about players we have close tabs on in our leagues.

12-TEAM MIXED

Chris Carter, 1B/OF, Houston Astros
Carter was a topic of conversation on the Flags Fly Forever podcast this week, as he was one of the 13 hitters off to terrible starts that we discussed. I wasn’t all that worried about him when we recorded on Monday night, and I’m even less worried about him now after hitting his first two homers of the season over the last two days. The big Astro is a streaky hitter (as you would expect by his propensity for the punch out, and though it’s just a small sign, this is a positive one for his near future. There’s really no one else on the Astros’ major-league roster with the kind of power that Carter brings, and that will hold true when streaking prospect Jonathan Singleton gets the call. Speaking of Singleton, he should not eat into Carter’s playing time upon promotion—the Astros have every intention of playing him at first base at the major-league level.—Bret Sayre

Comparable Player: A poor man’s Adam Dunn

Jon Niese, SP, New York Mets
Maybe it’s the draft season injury or maybe it’s the lack of perceived upside, but Niese’s ownership levels are surprisingly low across platforms (10 percent in Yahoo! and five percent in ESPN leagues). With a 2.45 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and 19 strikeouts in 25 2/3 innings, those numbers won’t stay that low for long. Yes, the Mets don’t exactly have a Murderer’s Row on offense (or even a Manslaughter’s Row for that matter), but that’s only one category and a highly unpredictable one at that. There’s always the risk of injury with Niese, who has now been on the disabled list in five of his last six seasons, including a rotator cuff strain that had many Mets fans and fantasy owners worried. Fortunately in a shallow mixed league, pitching is always available on the wire, so you’re not in much of a bind if that happens. —Bret Sayre

Comparable Player: Martin Perez

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