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05-22

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Free Agent Watch: Week Eight
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Keith Cromer and Mike Gianella

05-18

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Free Agent Watch: Week Seven
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Keith Cromer and Mike Gianella

05-11

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Free Agent Watch: Week Six
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Keith Cromer and Jeff Quinton

05-04

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Free Agent Watch: Week Five
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Keith Cromer and Mike Gianella

04-27

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Free Agent Watch: Week Four
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Keith Cromer and Mike Gianella

04-20

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Free Agent Watch: Week Three
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Keith Cromer and Mike Gianella

04-13

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Free Agent Watch: Week Two
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Keith Cromer and Mike Gianella

04-06

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Free Agent Watch: Week One
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Keith Cromer and Mike Gianella

09-18

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Free Agent Watch: Week 25
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

09-11

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Free Agent Watch: Week 24
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

09-04

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Free Agent Watch: Week 23
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

08-28

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Free Agent Watch: Week 21
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

08-14

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Free Agent Watch: Week 20
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

08-08

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Free Agent Watch: Week 19
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

07-31

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Free Agent Watch: Week 18
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

07-24

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Free Agent Watch: Week 17
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

07-17

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Free Agent Watch: Week 16
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

07-10

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Free Agent Watch: Week 15
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

07-03

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Free Agent Watch: Week 14
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

06-26

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Free Agent Watch: Week 13
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

06-19

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Free Agent Watch: Week 12
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

06-12

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Free Agent Watch: Week 11
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

06-05

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Free Agent Watch: Week 10
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

05-30

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Free Agent Watch: Week Nine
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

05-22

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Free Agent Watch: Week Eight
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

05-15

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Free Agent Watch: Week Seven
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

05-08

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Free Agent Watch: Week Six
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

05-01

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Free Agent Watch: Week Five
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

04-24

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Free Agent Watch: Week Four
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

04-17

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Free Agent Watch: Week Three
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Mike Gianella

04-10

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Free Agent Watch: Week Two
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Mike Gianella

04-03

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Free Agent Watch: Week One
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

09-26

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Free Agent Watch: Looking Ahead to 2014
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Bret Sayre

09-19

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Free Agent Watch: Week 25
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

09-12

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Free Agent Watch: Week 25
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

09-05

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Free Agent Watch: Week 23
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

08-29

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Free Agent Watch: Week 22
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Mike Gianella and Craig Goldstein

08-22

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Free Agent Watch: Week 21
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

08-15

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Free Agent Watch: Week 20
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

08-08

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Free Agent Watch: Week 19
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

08-01

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Free Agent Watch: Week 18
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

07-25

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Free Agent Watch: Week 17
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

07-18

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Free Agent Watch: Week 16
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

07-11

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Free Agent Watch: Week 15
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

06-27

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Free Agent Watch: Week 13
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

06-20

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Free Agent Watch: Week 12
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

06-13

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Free Agent Watch: Week 11
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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

06-06

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Free Agent Watch: American League, Week 10
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Paul Singman

06-05

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Free Agent Watch: National League, Week 10
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Josh Shepardson

05-30

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Free Agent Watch: American League, Week Nine
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Paul Singman

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May 22, 2015 6:00 am

Free Agent Watch: Week Eight

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Keith Cromer and Mike Gianella

If these players are available, they might be worth a look, depending on the format of your league.

Welcome to Week Eight of The Free Agent Watch, Baseball Prospectus’ weekly free agent answer to Dear Abby. This column is designed to offer a brief glimpse into the top free agents in 12-team mixed, 15-team mixed, and AL and NL-only formats, with the idea being that while we can’t address every unique free agent situation in your league, we can guide you through the waters and help with the broader strokes of the decision making process. In case you missed the news last week, based on popular demand*, we decided to move this column from Monday to Friday.

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May 18, 2015 6:00 am

Free Agent Watch: Week Seven

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Keith Cromer and Mike Gianella

A look at likely-available players who might pique your interest, depending on the format of your league.

Welcome to Week Seven of The Free Agent Watch, Baseball Prospectus’ weekly free agent answer to Dear Abby. This column is designed to offer a brief glimpse into the top free agents in 12-team mixed, 15-team mixed, and AL and NL-only formats, with the idea being that while we can’t address every unique free agent situation in your league, we can guide you through the waters and help with the broader strokes of the decision making process.

Mike will be tackling all the mixed-league formats, while Keith will be handling the -only-league duties.

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May 11, 2015 6:00 am

Free Agent Watch: Week Six

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Keith Cromer and Jeff Quinton

Examining players who might pique your waiver-wire interest, depending on the format of your league.

12-Team Mixed

David Peralta, OF, Arizona Diamondbacks

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May 4, 2015 6:00 am

Free Agent Watch: Week Five

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Keith Cromer and Mike Gianella

Examining players who are likely to be available in your leagues and might pique your interest in the right formats.

Welcome to Week Five of The Free Agent Watch, Baseball Prospectus’ weekly free agent answer to Dear Abby. This column is designed to offer a brief glimpse into the top free agents in 12-team mixed, 15-team mixed, and AL and NL-only formats, with the idea being that while we can’t address every unique free agent situation in your league, we can guide you through the waters and help with the broader strokes of the decision making process.

Mike will be tackling all the mixed league formats, while Keith will be handling the only-league duties.

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April 27, 2015 6:00 am

Free Agent Watch: Week Four

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Keith Cromer and Mike Gianella

Examining potentially available players who might pique your interest depending on the format of your league.

Welcome to Week Four of The Free Agent Watch, Baseball Prospectus’ weekly free agent advice column. This column is designed to offer a brief glimpse into the top free agents in 12-team mixed, 15-team mixed, and AL and NL-only formats, with the idea being that while we can’t address every unique free agent situation in your league, we can guide you through the waters and help with the broader strokes of the decision making process.

Mike will be tackling all the mixed-league formats, while Keith will be handling the only-league duties.

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April 20, 2015 6:00 am

Free Agent Watch: Week Three

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Keith Cromer and Mike Gianella

Examining players who might be useful additions if they're available in your leagues.

Welcome to Week Three of The Free Agent Watch, Baseball Prospectus’ weekly free agent advice column. This column is designed to offer a brief glimpse into the top free agents in 12-team mixed, 15-team mixed, and AL and NL-only formats, with the idea being that while we can’t address every unique free agent situation in your league, we can guide you through the waters and help with the broader strokes of the decision making process.

Mike will be tackling all the mixed-league formats, while Keith will be handling the only-league duties.

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April 13, 2015 6:00 am

Free Agent Watch: Week Two

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Keith Cromer and Mike Gianella

Examining some players who might be available to help your teams, depending on the format of your league.

Welcome to Week Two of The Free Agent Watch, Baseball Prospectus’ weekly free agent advice column. This column is designed to offer a brief glimpse into the top free agents in 12-team mixed, 15-team mixed, and AL and NL-only formats, with the idea being that while we can’t address every unique free agent situation in your league, we can guide you through the waters and help with the broader strokes of the decision making process.

Mike is tackling all the mixed league formats, while Keith will be handling the only-league duties.

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April 6, 2015 6:00 am

Free Agent Watch: Week One

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Keith Cromer and Mike Gianella

Kicking of this year's series looking at potentially useful players who might be available in your leagues.

Welcome back, to Baseball Prospectus’ weekly free agent advice column. The column ran on Thursdays last year, but is moving to Mondays, in order to try to better serve weekly leagues that set their lineups on Mondays.

The format has changed a little bit, too. Still included is a brief breakdown of a featured hitter and pitcher in standard mixed, deeper mixed, NL-only, and AL-only, but we have added information about the most commonly added and dropped hitters in these formats as well. I’ll be tackling all the mixed league information, while Keith will be handling the only-league duties.

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September 18, 2014 9:43 am

Free Agent Watch: Week 25

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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

For the last time this season, looking at players who might be on the waiver wire and are worth rostering, depending on the format of your league.

As you’ve seen many of us say this week at Baseball Prospectus, this will be the last Free Agent Watch of the season. We hope you’ve found it useful at best and legible at worst. We’re also going to be playing around with the format of this piece for next season, so if there’s anything that you think we should be providing in this space that we are currently not, drop us a note in the comments. It’s been real, der readers. This column will see you next in April.

12-TEAM MIXED

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September 11, 2014 6:00 am

Free Agent Watch: Week 24

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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

If these players are on the waiver wire, they might be worth a look, depending on the format of your league.

12-TEAM MIXED

Juan Lagares, OF, New York Mets
September fantasy baseball is all about positioning. And it seems only fitting that a player who is so great at it in the field has made himself awfully useful to those looking to make a push in stolen bases over the last two-and-a-half weeks of the season. Lagares has been better than anticipated all season at the plate and as good as advertised in the field—leading to a ridiculous season per some stats (he’s been worth 3.6 WARP and 5.6 rWAR). He’s been making it count down the stretch, though, as he’s hit safely in 15 of his last 17 games, hitting .338/.370/.456 with only eight strikeouts in 73 plate appearances in that time frame. However, the most interesting aspect of his performance has been how many liberties he’s been taking on the base paths. After only stealing four bases over the first four-and-a-half months, Lagares has heisted eight since the start of his hitting streak. With the Mets going nowhere, despite what math may say, Lagares may find himself with the green light as often as he wants it throughout September. That would turn him into a mixed-league play nearly across the board. —Bret Sayre


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September 4, 2014 6:00 am

Free Agent Watch: Week 23

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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

If these players are on your waiver wire, they might be worth a look, depending on the format of your league.

12-TEAM MIXED

Mookie Betts, OF/SS/2B, Boston Red Sox
It’s been a roller-coaster season for the diminutive Red Sox rookie, as Betts tore through the upper minors during the first half of the year, and then was briefly shunned after struggling out of the gate at the major league level. The shock of a top prospect not being super awesome right away must have just paralyzed the organization and fan base. Lo and behold, after some experience and soul searching, Betts is doing pretty much was Betts was expected to do by those with unrealistic expectations. After being recalled on August 1st, Betts is just hitting .311/.400/.525 with three homers and three steals in 61 at-bats. In fact, he’s been hitting so well that his 132 OPS+ ranks second on the team, among players with 50 plate appearances or more. With the shallowness of middle infield (and the fact that he carries outfield eligibility to boot), there’s no reason he should be owned in only 26 percent of Yahoo leagues and 18 percent of ESPN leagues. —Bret Sayre


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August 28, 2014 6:00 am

Free Agent Watch: Week 21

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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

If these players are on your waiver wire, they might be worth a look, depending on the format of your league.

12-TEAM MIXED

Oscar Taveras, OF, St Louis Cardinals
The statistics haven’t quite backed up the pedigree thus far in St Louis, but Taveras has been quietly improving ever since he was plugged into the lineup nearly every day following Allen Craig’s exportation to the Red Sox at the deadline. In those 24 games, the 22-year-old outfielder is hitting .262/.311/.345 with a homer and nine RBI. So why exactly is he showing up here? Because I’ll always take a chance on a high-end prospect with a strong contact rate upon hitting the major leagues if I need a shot of upside in September. The power certainly hasn’t shown up yet, and he’s showing his mettle as a free swinger, but Taveras has been making some tweaks to his swing, including shortening it up, and the results appear positive thus far. This recommendation isn’t for the owner who needs a reliable source of fantasy production at the back of the outfield, but if you’re trying to make up some ground, Taveras could be just the sparkplug you need. —Bret Sayre


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