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April 3, 2014 6:00 am

Free Agent Watch: Week One

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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

If these players are on your league's waiver wire, they might be worth a look depending on the format in which you play.

Welcome back to our weekly walk through some of the players who may want to keep an extra eye on in your leagues. Mike and I will be tackling this topic on Thursdays again and focusing on a single hitter and pitcher in four of the more popular formats: shallow mixed, deep mixed, NL-only and AL-only. These are certainly not the only players who are worth picking up, but it gives us a nice opportunity to write about players we have close tabs on in our leagues.

12-Team Mixed

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August 5, 2013 6:18 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Ditch or Play Down the Stretch

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Mike Gianella

Mike runs down 10 players who have hurt their fantasy owners in recent weeks and explains whether you should ride out their ruts or cut bait.

If you’re in an NL- or AL-only league, your bed is made with all of the big-ticket items on your roster. Starlin Castro might be a disappointment, but at this point he’s your disappointment. You’re not going to cut him for a back-up middle infielder in the free agent pool who is going to get three to five at-bats a week.

In mixed leagues, however, these are the types of players you have to make choices on down the stretch. A number of mixed leaguers have already cut the cord with Castro. However, there are other players who might be worthy of tossing off of your roster, or at least keeping on reserve for the time being. Below are a handful of players who are slumping yet mostly owned in mixed leagues. Should you hang on or try to find better stats elsewhere?

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June 10, 2013 5:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Fast Starts and Slow Starts

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Mike Gianella

Many fantasy owners have prejudged certain players, like Adam LaRoche, as fast or slow starters, but the data on April performances paints a much cloudier picture.

Every year, in both real baseball and the fantasy version, we tell ourselves that certain players are prone to either fast starts or slow starts, as in: “Don’t worry, that player always gets off to a slow start. He’ll come around.” Or, “that guy is always en fuego in April. If you’re counting on a 40 HR, 100 RBI season from him, you’re surely going to be disappointed.”

In deeper leagues, it’s irrelevant whether a player is a hot starter or a cold starter. If you spend $20 on a slow-starting corner infielder and your alternatives in the free agent pool are Eduardo Escobar and Pedro Ciriaco, you’re not going to jettison the slow starter for these bottom-of-the-barrel options.

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It took two months, but Adam LaRoche eventually accepted the Nationals' offer to return for two more years.



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The tater trots for September 5: Adam LaRoche and the Nationals are going crazy right now.

The weekend is almost here (right?). Let's get right to the trots!

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July 19, 2012 9:41 am

The Prospectus Hit List: Thursday, July 19

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Matthew Kory

The Nationals push past 90 percent playoff odds.

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April 17, 2012 3:00 am

Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 4/16/12

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Michael Street

Michael graduates his first VP of the season, but he still points out plenty of undervalued corner infielders to be found on your league’s waiver wires.

For our nation’s scholars, graduation is just around the corner, but we start things early here at Value Picks, bidding adieu to our first departee. He leaves the list after quickly exceeding ownership thresholds, but I’ve got lots of other players ready to prove themselves to VP readers, including several bubble candidates in Playing Pepper.

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January 17, 2010 12:07 pm

On the Beat: Weekend Update

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John Perrotto

Did Adam LaRoche pick production over a bigger payday, plus getting defensive in Boston, a Big Mac attack in St. Louis, and rumors and rumblings from around the game.

At first glance, Adam LaRoche gives the impression that he is a little slow on the uptake. He does not immediately respond to questions, instead pondering them before giving answers. He also talks rather deliberately. However, you do not have to spend much time with the Diamondbacks' new first baseman to realize that he is a very bright guy. The reason he deliberates before answering is because he prefers to give sincere and thoughtful answers rather than the usual pablum that comes out of the mouths of so many professional athletes and coaches.

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July 24, 2009 1:59 pm

Fantasy Beat: Buddy, Can You Spare a LaRoche?

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Marc Normandin

Adding the Red Sox first baseman might provide dividends to the needy in a league near you.

If you're looking for a first baseman, Adam LaRoche may not be the most appealing fantasy option that comes to mind. However, he was an above-average first baseman last year, and for a time was above average via EqA in 2009 as well. A slump has dropped him down to .247/.329/.441 though, and the Pirates, desperate to get something in return and drop his contract, dealt him to the Red Sox, who needed a Mike Lowell insurance policy that would actually be able to cover for him. It's not guaranteed that LaRoche is going to play regularly, as Kevin Youkilis is the first baseman as long as Lowell remains in any game, but given how sketchy Lowell's health has been as of late, it would not be surprising to see LaRoche end up playing quite a bit. Today we will look at what we can expect from LaRoche going forward as a member of the Boston Red Sox.

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July 22, 2009 5:24 pm

Transaction Action: The LaRoche Deal

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Christina Kahrl

Splitting up les frres LaRoche helps the Pirates explore their alternatives while giving the Red Sox some depth.

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Activated RHP Cla Meredith; optioned RHP Kam Mickolio to Norfolk (Triple-A). [7/21]

BOSTON RED SOX
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Placed RHP Tim Wakefield on the 15-day DL (strained lower back), retroactive to 7/18; recalled RHP Clay Buchholz from Pawtucket (Triple-A); acquired 1B-L Adam LaRoche from the Pirates for RHP Hunter Strickland and SS-R Argenis Diaz. [7/22]

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May 26, 2009 2:52 pm

Game Story

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Christina Kahrl

A slumping Cubs squad squares off against a Pirates team already planted in place in sweet home Chicago.

Thanks to the vague benefits of interleague play, the Cubs came back to Chicago having endured a brief, ugly road trip to St. Louis and San Diego before jetting back to the Windy City to face a Pirates team that had been knocking around town over the weekend. In the course of losing two of three games on the South Side, the Bucs' offense had been shut out by Gavin Floyd and Clayton Richard, scratched out a run against Mark Buehrle, and barely slipped in a win to avoid the sweep with a ninth-inning rally off of Bobby Jenks on Sunday.

The Cubs had endured the even more humiliating indignity of six straight losses during their journey, in no small part because the offense managed five runs in total, a slump so complete it earned Kosuke Fukudome a mini-benching. When Ryan Freel is labeled a godsend, you know things aren't merely ugly, they're so coyote ugly that, where the offense is concerned, you're boxing helena. Things have become so desperate that consideration's been given to whether putting Alfonso Soriano back at second base might help punch things up on an otherwise punch-drunk ballclub. As such fancies go, I would suggest a trip to all of the brave talk about putting Soriano in center back when he signed. Thinking back on that, I suppose November's a time for dreaming, what with Christmas still in the future; in contrast, late May is when you're supposed to be settling in with what you have, not pretending that your left fielder's a transformer because you don't like what you've got now that he's long since out of the wrapper.

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February 6, 2007 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: NL Central Catchup

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Christina Kahrl

With the way the offseason has gone in baseball's six-team division, don't be surprised to see the defending champs looking up in the standings come October for the first time in four years.

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