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May 1, 2014

Free Agent Watch

Week Five

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

Josh Reddick, OF, Oakland Athletics
A popular dump after the first two weeks of the season, Reddick was a late round draftee that people just weren’t willing to be patient on. Unfortunately for those owners, Reddick has been on fire since April 18, hitting .410/.439/.615 with a homer and a steal (yay arbitrary endpoints). Of course, it means he’s now hitting a robust .250 on the season, which is above his PECOTA projection of .237. Now all that’s left is for the power to come back around in full force. He’s unlikely to ever match the 32 homers he hit back in 2012, but 20-25 is perfectly reasonable even with the slow start. He makes for a nice last outfielder in shallower mixed leagues with enough upside to entice, but a high enough floor to avoid the waiver wire. —Bret Sayre

Comparable Player: A poor man’s Adam Dunn

Matt Harrison, SP, Texas Rangers
Yes, the strikeouts are a little low with Harrison, but he also was a top-40 fantasy starter back in 2012 when he won 18 games and had a 3.29 ERA for the Rangers. And he may yet have similar upside again, if he’s past his back troubles—which could always spring up again at any moment. However, in shallower mixed leagues, that is much less important since there is always (repeat after me) pitching available. Given the advantageous ballparks Harrison finds himself in while touring the AL West and his ability to perform in Arlington, he could post a 3.50 ERA with a win every other start for the foreseeable future. It’s tough to find leagues shallow enough where that doesn’t matter. In fact, those numbers look an awful lot like what teammate Martin Perez might put up the rest of the season (less about 40 strikeouts), and Perez is owned in nearly nine times as many leagues. —Bret Sayre

Comparable Player: Martin Perez

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