Johnny Damon $22. Other bids: $17, $13, $10, $10, $4, $1.
Damon is OF eligible in this league; in leagues where he's still
DH-only the bidding might not be quite as spirited. Damon should be picked up
in all leagues where he's available. He might not quite play every day, but
should get most of the starts in LF for the Indians and will spell Travis
Hafner at DH from time to time. Damon is long past his elite days, but earned
$21 last year for the Rays. A $15-20 season isn't out of the question if he
Michael Taylor $15. Other bids: $9, $6, $2, $1.
With Coco Crisp hitting the DL, Taylor gets the call as a fill-in.
He's technically a back up, but should get some AB in the A's underwhelming
outfield rotation. Taylor is a modest power/speed guy at his best, but his
minor league numbers are fairly pedestrian, even though Sacramento isn't
quite the hitters' haven that some other PCL venues are. Taylor has struggled
at home and done well on the road at AAA, which doesn't necessarily bode well
for hitting in Oakland. I like the lower bids here. $15 seems too high for a
back up, and also too high for a keeper bid for 2013.
Brian Dozier $12. Other bids $7, $2, $1.
Dozier isn't a top prospect, but he continues to defy the odds by
hitting at every level. With the Twins offense struggling, Dozier will get an
opportunity to crack the line-up. He's a modest power/decent speed play and
while I'm cynical the power will translate to the bigs, if he can hit .260-.270
then Dozier will provide A.L.-only value. This bid is probably about right, and
this league wasn't quite aggressive enough with their bids in my mind. Starting middle
infielders don't show up on the FAAB wire every week.
Ernesto Frieri $10. Other bids $3, $3, $2.
I profiled Frieri in Friday's Gearing
Up. With injuries to Scott Downs and LaTroy Hawkins, Frieri's chances for
short-term saves have definitely increased, and I wouldn't rule out Frieri
grabbing the job for more than the interim if he succeeds with this (possible)
Gerald Laird $2. Other bid $1.
Laird is a fairly harmless back-up catcher, but he almost never plays. I'd pass even in A.L.-only.
Ryan Cook $2. Other bids $2, $1.
I also wrote about Cook on Friday.
For what it's worth, Jason Martinez of MLB Depth Charts thinks that Cook could get a shot at
saves at some point this year if/when Grant Balfour is traded. I don't agree,
but that doesn't necessarily mean I'm right.
Ryan Flaherty $1.
Flaherty was picked up only so his owner could have a third
baseman to complete a trade. He's merely infield depth for the Orioles and
borderline roster worthy in A.L.-only.
Will Rhymes $1. Other bids $1, $1.
Rhymes only went for $1 but as with Dozier there probably should
have been some more aggressive bidding here. With Evan Longoria on the shelf
for a few weeks, Rhymes should get a fair amount of starts in the infield for
Tampa. He has a good amount of speed and could be a nice source of stolen bases
if he gets the at bats. There's a reason Rhymes is 29 and never made it, but make
the short-term play here and get Rhymes if you have a hole.
Chris Stewart $1.
Stewart will spell Russell Martin on occasion, but is your typical
A.L.-only second catcher and isn't worth more words than the ones I just wrote.
Darren O'Day $1.
O'Day is a serviceable middle reliever with virtually no chance at
saves. He's fine in A.L.-only as a back-end starter.
Irving Falu $1.
Even in A.L.-only, Falu probably shouldn't be rostered. He has
some speed potential, but I'm not sure how many AB he's going to get, and
suspect he's just keeping the position warm until Yuniesky Betancourt returns.
Then again, these are the Royals, so maybe Falu will impress Ned Yost and wrest
the starting job away from Chris Getz. This paragraph has depressed me.
Luis Perez $1.
Perez won't close in Toronto but he's one of those strong middle
relievers that you have to own in deep leagues. He should continue to pitch
well in this role and from our perspective he's nice because he could be a
Josh Tomlin. Claimed by 12th, 8th and 5th place teams.
Tomlin has been pounded so far, but his FIP/xFIP indicate that
better days are ahead. He's a soft tosser so is always going to be prone to
some BABIP variance, but his K rate isn't quite at that low level where he
should be doing quite this badly. I'd definitely grab him in a deep league if I
had the need.
Koji Uehara. Claimed by 8th and 5th place teams.
Uehara keeps getting waived and claimed in this league. This is
typical. Even in deep leagues, owners chase starts and saves first and then
look at peripherals. I continue to endorse Uehara in A.L.-only.
Elliot Johnson. Claimed by 6th
Johnson should continue to provide some modest speed off of the
bench for the Rays. The Longoria injury bumps his value up slightly in the
Endy Chavez. Claimed by 3rd and 2nd place teams.
With Nolan Reimold's injury, Chavez gets a new fantasy lease on
life. He'll lead off for the Orioles and with the way their line-up is going
could be a decent source of runs. Grab him if you have a dead spot.