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May 15, 2014

Free Agent Watch

Week Seven

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

David DeJesus, OF, Tampa Bay Rays
This is not exactly a name you think of when you’re striving for fantasy greatness, but DeJesus has quietly had a very good season and is settling is as a top-of-the-order presence against right-handed pitching. Because of the platoon he’s in, he both will likely only see about 450 plate appearances this season and keep his rate stats in check because of it. Heading into Wednesday’s action, DeJesus had more extra-base hits (13) than strikeouts (12) and carried a slash line of .280/.363/.500. While he won’t be good for more than about 12-15 homers over the course of the season, he could jump right into an 80-85 run pace with his on-base ability and lineup placement. —Bret Sayre

Comparable Player: Matt Carpenter with 80 percent of the playing time

Brandon McCarthy, RHP, Arizona Diamondbacks
Even after his masterful performance against the Nationals on Wednesday, McCarthy has exactly one win and his ERA still sits at 5.01—not exactly something that’s going to get him swallowed up by a ton of owners. However, here are some other numbers for you. McCarthy has 52 strikeouts and 10 walks in just 55 2/3 innings. He also has a 54.1 percent ground ball rate—by far, the highest of his career. His sinker is clocking in at 94.4 MPH, a full 2.5 MPH jump from last season. These are all fantastic things, and his 59.6 percent strand rate and 21.4 percent HR:FB rate (both career worsts) are covering over all his progress. Anyway, that’s enough numbers. Just pick him up already. —Bret Sayre

Comparable Player: A poor man’s Adam Wainwright

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