Monday, July 30, 2012

N.L. FAAB Log: July 30, 2012

Donovan Solano $8. Other bids $7, $4, $2, $0 The second place team snatched Solano when it bid $1 more than the first place team. Solano isn't any great shakes but playing time is playing time. If he can get into the Marlins line-up, he'll have some N.L.-only value for his runs/RBI alone.

Thomas Field $4. Other bid $0
Despite showing some decent pop in the minors throughout his career, Field was never seen as much of a prospect. He slipped a great deal this year at AAA and his season would be disappointing even if he didn't play in the hitters' haven that is Colorado Springs. The Rockies infield situation is fluid so Field could see some playing time in the short-term, but realistically it looks like he's up simply to provide depth to a hurting infield.

Kris Medlen $3. Other bid $1.
The peripheral numbers haven't been there, but $3 is a pretty low FAAB bid for a guy with a 2.48 ERA. Medlen is probably due to slip, but he should be owned in every N.L.-only and if he isn't you should find it in your budget to splurge a little and go low double-digits on him.

Corey Brown $2.
A former A's farmhand, Brown has been in the Nationals system the last couple of years and garnered some attention in 2012 because he was killing it in AAA. Brown would be an interesting player if he got an opportunity because of his power/speed combo (21 HR/14 SB at AAA this year) but it looks like he's going to be stuck on the bench for the Nats for the time being. Hold off on adding him to your team.

Aubrey Huff $2. Other bids $0, $0
Stranger things have happened, but a sudden Aubrey Huff comeback would be David Lynch strange. He has struggled all year (Huff, not Lynch) - including on rehab assignments - and is a long shot to make it back as a starter. Huff is probably finished. This is a lightning in a bottle bid that almost definitely won't pay off.

Ben Francisco $2. Other bid $0
Francisco has decent power, a little speed, and should get some PT as part of the Astros revamped team. Even as a platoon player, Francisco is worth a shot in N.L.-only.

Scott Cousins $0
Cousins is ostensibly a back-up in Florida, but with the motley crew of outfielders in front of him definitely could sneak into a starting job at some point. Cousins is an intriguing power/speed combo and should be monitored to see if he can beat out Greg Dobbs or Bryan Peterson for PT at a corner.

Rob Johnson $0
Johnson is a catcher so in N.L.-only he immediately merits some consideration, but the lack of a bat makes him a weak option. He has a sub 300 SLG over the course of his career and is probably not the best wavier option even if you're dead at catcher.

Cody Ransom $0
Cesar Izturis' recent slump has opened the door to a little more playing time for Ransom. Ransom already has eight HR this year in limited AB so if you need to roll the dice on power, Ransom's the guy to do it with, keeping in mind that there are no guarantees.

Joaquin Arias $0
Arias was slightly more interesting before the Giants acquired Marco Scutaro. Now Arias looks like a back-up middle infielder with very little power. Not worth owning.

Carlos Zambrano $0
Zambrano looks like toast. He has a 6.04 ERA in his last five starts and is walking more batters than he is striking out. He should be left in the free agent pool.

Matt Belisle $0
Belisle is an extremely solid middle reliever that should be owned in all deep formats. If Rafael Betancourt gets traded, Belisle could get a crack at closing (though Rex Brothers might be first in line).

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