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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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December 18, 2012 5:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Drew Love

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R.J. Anderson

The Red Sox signed Stephen Drew to be their starting shortstop, the Astros signed Carlos Pena, and the A's signed Hiroyuki Nakajima



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November 26, 2012 5:00 am

Overthinking It: The Art of NPB Scouting

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Ben Lindbergh

Forecasting Japanese imports provides particular challenges, which teams will try to adjust for this offseason.

In November of 2010, the Twins bid $5 million for the privilege of negotiating with Japanese infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka, who had been posted by his NPB team, the Chiba Lotte Marines. The 26-year-old was coming off a season in which he’d hit .346/.423/.482, leading Japan’s Pacific League in batting average, hits, runs, and total bases. Nishioka had won three Japanese Gold Gloves, and the Twins, whose astute scouting had led them to six division titles in the previous 10 seasons, envisioned him as their starting shortstop. After winning the bidding, they spent an additional $9 million to lock up Nishioka for the next three seasons.

Last December, the Brewers submitted a winning bid of $2.5 million—half of what the Twins had bid for Nishioka—to negotiate with Yakult Swallows outfielder Norichika Aoki. It took $2.5 million more to secure his services for the next two seasons. The 29-year-old Aoki had posted a much more modest .292/.358/.360 line with just four home runs in his final Japanese season.

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