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May 14, 2013

Free Agent Watch

American League, Week Seven

by Paul Singman


Adam Rosales, 2B/SS, Oakland Athletics
Ownership:  ESPN: 0.4% Yahoo!: 1%  CBS: 4%
2013 Stats: 5 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 0 SB, .313 AVG

Although he’s still not an everyday player, Rosales is finding his way into the lineup and producing enough to warrant consideration at middle-infield spots in mixed leagues. In 50 at-bats, he’s slashing an impressive .313/.400/.458 with a home run. And, as you may know, his homer total should really be two, given he was the batter victimized by the Angel Hernandez blown video-review call. It’s worth noting that the glass-boned Jed Lowrie and the ineffective Eric Sogard are currently limiting his playing time, meaning Rosales’ role could easily be expanded in the future. Rosales is currently filling the MI slot on my Tout Wars squad, a 15-team mixer, and could be a decent option for yours as well.

Kevin Gausman, SP, Baltimore Orioles
Ownership: ESPN: 0.1% Yahoo!: 2%  CBS: 0%
2013 Stats: 40.1 IP, 1 W, 0 SV, 39 K, 3.35 ERA, 1.09 WHIP (AA)

Number 17 on the Stash List just got closer to his eventual call-up, with Wei-Yin Chen hitting the disabled list with an oblique strain. Chen’s injury isn’t going to result in an immediate promotion, but it does potentially speed up his clock as the Orioles rotate through a couple of mediocre fifth-starter options. Gausman is currently dominating Double-A batters with a 39:3 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 40 innings. With Tony Cingrani and Jose Fernandez already in the majors, 2013 has been a good year for rookie pitchers, and Gausman is a good bet to have similar success. In 14-team mixers and deeper formats, I would try to stash him with the expectation of seeing him in early June.

Jarrod Dyson, OF, Kansas City Royals
Ownership:  ESPN: 0.0% Yahoo!: 1%  CBS: 3%
2013 Stats: 6 R, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 5 SB, .258 AVG

I covered Dyson a few weeks ago in this column, noting that Jeff Francoeur’s struggles would eventually pave the way for increased playing time. Well, that time is getting closer, as Francoeur and his 588 OPS have given way to Dyson in three of the past five games. Dyson still is not a full-time player, but given his elite speed numbers, I’d roster him in 14-team mixed league and deeper formats.

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