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July 31, 2014

Free Agent Watch

Week 18

by Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre


12-TEAM MIXED

Adam Eaton, OF, Chicago White Sox
It’s pretty incredible that Eaton is still owned in fewer than half of Yahoo leagues and barely more than that in ESPN formats. Eaton returned from the All-Star Break with a vengeance, and he’s been taking it out on opposing pitchers to the tune of a .413/.471/.478 line with seven runs and two steals (along with five walks and five strikeouts). Sure you’d like to see him hit for a little more power, even if it’s not the over-the-fence variety, but if he keeps getting on base at the top of the White Sox lineup, he’s going to score a lot of runs the rest of the way. Additionally, the power (which there is enough of here to make him a double-digit homer guy over a full season) that hasn’t shown up lately will push him toward being an outfielder who needs to be owned in all leagues in August and September. —Bret Sayre

Comparable Player: Christian Yelich

Brad Boxberger, RP, Tampa Bay Rays
We’re getting to the point of the season when you really have to start thinking about innings and start limits, if you happen to play in a league that enforces those. Enter Boxberger, who has been as dominant as any reliever in baseball over the past month or so—and has worked his way into a high-leverage role for the streaking Rays. Since the beginning of July, he has not allowed an earned run over 12 1/3 innings, while striking out 20 and walking just two. The fact that he’s not actively earning saves or anything more than vulture wins doesn’t matter here—he’s been the eighth best relief pitcher in mixed leagues over the last 30 days, per the ESPN Player Rater, and that’s with him firmly behind Jake McGee for saves in Tampa. While guys like Wade Davis and Dellin Betances are likely to be owned right now, there’s still time to grab Boxberger before he’s gone as well. It’s not too common to have a reliever who can provide back-end starter strikeouts with elite reliever ratios, and that’s not inning/start limit league specific. —Bret Sayre

Comparable Player: Wade Davis

DEEP MIXED

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