Monday, July 16, 2012

A.L. FAAB Log: July 16, 2012

Pedro Ciriaco $7. Other bid $1.
Ciriaco was profiled in Friday's Gearing Up. Pedroia looks like he might be ahead of schedule now, so Ciriaco is starting to look far more like a short-term play than a long-term one.

Taylor Teagarden $2.
In 394 career plate appearances, Taylor Teagarden has 17 HR, 50 R, and 51 RBI (entering Sunday's action). Prorated across 550 plate appearances, that would give Teagarden 24 HR, 70 R, and 71 RBI. The problem is that across those same hypothetical 550 plate appearances, Teagarden would have 40 walks to 200 strikeouts to go along with a woeful 287 OBP. Perhaps the once highly regarded Teagarden will get a shot to start somewhere one of these days, but for now he's just Matt Wieters' caddy. Teagarden is mostly bench material, and a fringe option even in A.L.-only.

Chris Stewart $1
Stewart has done next to nothing with the Yankees this season and is virtually worthless in Roto. Even in A.L.-only, you can probably do (slightly) better.

Matt Thornton $1. Other bid $1.
Thornton has been his usual solid self, but for the second year in a row he hasn't quite been the dominant reliever that he once was. The strikeout rate is below one per inning for the first time since 2006, and Thornton's xFIP is over three for the first time since 2007. He's still very, very good but is no longer the top banana kind of set up man who is worth rostering even if he's not getting saves. He's also no longer in the mix for save opportunities now that Addison Reed is entrenched as the closer for the White Sox. Thornton's an OK deep league add; he's just not a steal anymore as a cheap FAAB buy.

Franklin Morales. Claimed by 12th, 11th, 9th, 8th, and 2nd place teams.
A terrible outing against the Yankees led to Morales' owner dumping Morales onto the waiver wire last week. A number of teams tried to snatch him up but it was the non-contenders that were front and center on Morales. He bounced back with a solid - albeit short - outing against the Rays and should be solid going forward. I'd take the risk here if I were playing for the money and needed the arm.

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