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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

05-29

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Free Agent Watch: National League, Week Nine
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Josh Shepardson

05-23

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Free Agent Watch: American League, Week Eight
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Paul Singman

05-22

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Free Agent Watch: National League, Week Eight
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Josh Shepardson

05-16

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Free Agent Watch: National League, Week Seven
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Josh Shepardson

05-14

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Free Agent Watch: American League, Week Seven
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Paul Singman

05-09

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Free Agent Watch: American League, Week Six
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Paul Singman

05-07

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Free Agent Watch: National League, Week Six
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Josh Shepardson

05-01

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Free Agent Watch: National League, Week Five
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Josh Shepardson

04-30

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Free Agent Watch: American League, Week Five
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Paul Singman

04-24

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Free Agent Watch: National League, Week Four
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Josh Shepardson

04-23

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Free Agent Watch: American League, Week Four
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Paul Singman

04-16

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Free Agent Watch: American League, Week Three
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Paul Singman

04-15

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Free Agent Watch: National League, Week Three
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Josh Shepardson

04-09

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Free Agent Watch: American League, Week Two
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Paul Singman

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Free Agent Watch: National League, Week Two
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Josh Shepardson

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July 25, 2013 6:00 am

Free Agent Watch: Week 17

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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

Mike and Bret suggest possible additions to your fantasy rosters, including the late-blooming Justin Smoak and Devin Mesoraco.

12-Team Mixed

Justin Smoak, 1B, Seattle Mariners

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July 18, 2013 6:07 am

Free Agent Watch: Week 16

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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

Luke Scott and Wily Peralta have been sizzling of late and are among the players you might want to grab off the waiver wire this week.

12-Team Mixed

Matt Joyce, OF, Tampa Bay Rays

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July 11, 2013 5:00 am

Free Agent Watch: Week 15

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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

Marlon Byrd's power surge lands him atop this week's list of players who might be available to help your fantasy team.

12-Team Mixed

Marlon Byrd, OF, New York Mets

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June 27, 2013 5:00 am

Free Agent Watch: Week 13

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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

Astros righty Jordan Lyles could be a sneaky option for those in need of rotation help, and he's among the featured players on this week's list.

12-TEAM MIXED

Raul Ibanez, OF, Seattle Mariners

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June 20, 2013 5:00 am

Free Agent Watch: Week 12

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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

Padres second baseman Logan Forsythe, one of this week's recommended pickups, makes for an intriguing option at a very shallow position.

12-Team Mixed

Jason Kubel, OF, Arizona Diamondbacks

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June 13, 2013 5:00 am

Free Agent Watch: Week 11

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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

Mike and Bret debut a new-and-improved format, with advice better catered to your specific leagues.

Welcome to the revamped version of the Free Agent Watch. The staff at Baseball Prospectus read a number of comments on how to enhance this piece and made the following changes:

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June 6, 2013 5:00 am

Free Agent Watch: American League, Week 10

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Paul Singman

Hector Santiago is taking Jake Peavy's place in the White Sox rotation, and he's among the five junior-circuit players worth a look in your fantasy leagues this week.

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.



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June 5, 2013 5:00 am

Free Agent Watch: National League, Week 10

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Josh Shepardson

Back in the majors after a brief return to the minors, Anthony Rendon is among the senior-circuit players worth a look on your waiver wire this week.

Carlos Ruiz, C, Philadelphia Phillies
Ownership: ESPN: 4.6% Yahoo!: 9% CBS: 31%
2013 Stats: 5 R, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 1 SB, .235 AVG

Due to a 25-game suspension and a hamstring injury, Ruiz hasn't had much of an opportunity to demonstrate whether or not his 2012 power breakout is even remotely sustainable. He should have a chance soon, though. Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports that Ruiz hopes he'll be able to begin a rehab assignment next week, and then rejoin the Phillies on June 17.



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May 30, 2013 5:00 am

Free Agent Watch: American League, Week Nine

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Paul Singman

Triple-A standout Josh Phegley leads off a list of six junior-circuit players who might soon be able to help your fantasy squad.

Josh Phegley, C, Chicago White Sox
Ownership:  ESPN: 0.0% Yahoo!: 0%  CBS: 1%
2013 Stats: 29 R, 11 HR, 30 RBI, 0 SB, .329 AVG (AAA)

Simply put, Tyler Flowers isn’t doing a good job of filling the void left by A.J. Piersynzki’s departure from Chicago. In his first full season, the 27-year-old Flowers is triple-slashing a disappointing .198/.271/.339 at the plate. Sometimes a catcher can justify his playing time with stellar defensive play, but Flowers hasn’t been up to par behind the plate either.



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May 29, 2013 5:49 am

Free Agent Watch: National League, Week Nine

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Josh Shepardson

Josh offers seven players worthy of your waiver-wire attention, plus a wild card in the Brewers' fluid bullpen landscape.

Logan Morrison, 1B/OF, Miami Marlins
Ownership: ESPN: 0.6% Yahoo!: 5% CBS: 22%
2013 Stats: 0 R, 0 HR, 3 RBI, 0 SB, .174 AVG (High-A)

Morrison played in his first minor-league rehab game this season with High-A Jupiter on May 20. He has played in six games for Jupiter, and he served as a designated hitter in three of those games and played first base in the other three. He took the next step in his rehab assignment by moving up to Double-A Jacksonville on Tuesday. Morrison is recovering from surgery on the patellar tendon in his right knee, the second time he has undergone that type of procedure on it. In the spring, I wrote about him being worthy of a disabled-list spot. At the time, I was optimistic he'd be playing for the Marlins at this point, but alas, he is not. Morrison doesn't have an exact target date for his return, but Joe Frisaro reports that it could be around June 10.



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May 23, 2013 5:00 am

Free Agent Watch: American League, Week Eight

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Paul Singman

Third basemen steal the show this week, as Paul offers six junior-circuit players worth a look if they are free agents in your leagues.

Danny Valencia, 3B, Baltimore Orioles
Ownership:  ESPN: 0.0% Yahoo!: 0%  CBS: 1%
2013 Stats: 29 R, 11 HR, 35 RBI, 0 SB, .306 AVG (AAA)

Valencia has only been a productive major leaguer for half-a-season (in 2010), is now 28 years old, and doesn’t have a clear path to playing time. Sometimes, though, you just gotta take the chance on the guy who slugged his way to 11 home runs and 35 RBI in Triple-A regardless of age and situation. Right now Valencia, looks like he’s starting solely against lefties, limiting him to AL-only leagues. Perhaps he can convert his minor-league power into a few bombs in the big leagues and prove his AL-only worthiness.



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May 22, 2013 5:00 am

Free Agent Watch: National League, Week Eight

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Josh Shepardson

As his 50-game suspension comes to an end, Yasmani Grandal finds himself among this week's list of senior-circuit players worthy of your waiver-wire attention.

Erik Kratz, C, Philadelphia Phillies
Ownership: ESPN: 0% Yahoo!: 1% CBS: 2%
2013 Stats: 11 R, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 0 SB, .209 AVG

Carlos Ruiz was placed on the disabled list on Monday with a Grade 2 hamstring strain, and he's expected to be out three to four weeks. While he is on the DL, Kratz will handle the starting catcher duties with Humberto Quintero serving as his backup. The 33-year-old backstop didn't do much with Ruiz serving a 25-game suspension to open the season, but he did hit three homers in just 92 plate appearances. He hits the ball in the air regularly (34.8 percent outfield fly-ball rate), and that will help his home-run power play up. He's not a catcher that should be rostered in most mixed leagues, even those in which teams start two catchers, but his steady playing time for the next month or so coupled with enough power to reach the seats a few times is reason enough to own him in larger NL-only formats.



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