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July 17, 2014

Free Agent Watch

Week 16

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

Travis d’Arnaud, C, New York Mets
The first two and a half months of the season were of the forgettable variety for the 25-year old backstop. He was terrible, then injured, then concussed, then terrible again, and then finally demoted back to Triple-A. That was where he finally showed some signs of life (hitting .436/.475/.909), and he’s carried it back with him to Queens. In the 16 games since returning from the minors, he’s hitting .295/.338/.525 with three homers and 10 RBI. In fact, the Mets recently bumped him up to fifth in the lineup—partially because of his hot hitting and partially because the Mets offense is essentially four major leaguers and a Quad-A clown car. Right now, Kurt Suzuki has been the 10th-best catcher in mixed leagues during 2014, and d’Arnaud can do better. He should be owned in nearly all formats once again. —Bret Sayre

Comparable Player: Salvador Perez with less durability

Jacob deGrom, RHP, New York Mets
There was a back-and-forth between the SNY broadcasters about a month or so ago during one of deGrom’s starts where they spent at least two minutes talking about how the Mets’ staff brainstormed in order to get the lowercase “d” on the Mets’ collection of players who required one (they also have a third in Matt den Dekker). In the end, after much brainstorming, they finally realized that they could just turn a capital “P” upside-down. That story clearly has nothing to do with deGrom’s fantasy value, which is much better than his pre-season outlook, but worse than his current numbers. The ERA and WHIP may be somewhat sustainable in that division/ballpark, but I’d be pretty shocked if he ended the season with nearly a strikeout per inning. Like most other Mets’ pitchers, deGrom shouldn’t be universally owned or used, but until he slows down, he’s a must-start at home (where he has a 1.83 ERA in six starts). —Bret Sayre

Comparable Player: Dillon Gee

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