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June 6, 2013

Free Agent Watch

American League, Week 10

by Paul Singman


Matt Tuiasosopo, OF, Detroit Tigers
Ownership: ESPN: 0.0% Yahoo!: 0% CBS: 1%
2013 Stats: 19 R, 2 HR, 14 RBI, 0 SB, .339 AVG

With two hits in four at-bats, Doug Fister has the highest wOBA on the Tigers. Miguel Cabrera checks in second at a cool .466 mark. Third place on the list is occupied not by Prince Fielder, but rather by Tuaisosopo at .435 (Fielder has a .390 wOBA and ranks fourth). Sure, Tuiasososopo has done it in just 75 plate appearances but with production like that, one has to wonder if he will start to eat into Andy Dirks’ playing time in left. Dirks edges Tuiasosopo in defense, but the Tigers aren’t known as a team that will keep a producing bat off the field for the sake of defense. Tuiasosopo doesn’t have an impressive minor-league résumé, with an average under .250 the past two seasons in Triple-A. But he has shown decent power, reaching 14 and 12 homers in those two years. His playing time is still too limited for mixed leagues, but I’d kick the tires on Tuiasosopo in AL-only leagues hoping the ride continues.

Stephen Drew, SS, Boston Red Sox
Ownership: ESPN: 5.3% Yahoo!: 10% CBS: 35%
2013 Stats: 24 R, 5 HR, 21 RBI, 2 SB, .232 AVG

After a slow start to his concussion-delayed season, Drew has channeled his inner 2008 self and cranked his production up to 11. With two homers in three June games, his average is up .230—hey, it’s progress—and his run and RBI totals are a healthy 21 and 24, respectively. Drew hasn’t done much of anything for fantasy teams since 2010, but you likely won’t fine a hot (at least for the moment) shortstop with consistent playing time and such a low ownership level.

Hector Santiago, SP, Chicago White Sox
Ownership: ESPN: 1.4% Yahoo!: 5% CBS: 11%
2013 Stats: 45 IP, 1 W, 0 SV, 45 K, 3.40 ERA, 1.36 WHIP

The last time Santiago cracked the White Sox rotation, it prompted a write-up from me, where I recommended scooping up the left-hander. In that five-game stretch of startsmanship, Santiago pitched like a typical pitcher of the day with a couple of bad starts and a couple of gems, and through it all, he racked up a strikeout per inning. With Jake Peavy headed to the DL with a rib fracture, Santiago will replace him in the rotation for at least a month and a half. Looking at the schedule, Santiago’s first start isn’t a great matchup against the A’s. But the next week, he draws the Astros and Royals, so you’ll want to own him in all leagues for those starts. Check to see if he was dropped in your league.

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