Giavotella was putting up yet another solid season for the Omaha Royals, providing a decent power/speed mix, particularly for a second baseman. Every year Giavotella doesn't crack the Majors he loses a little more of what little prospect luster he had, though at 24 he certainly isn't past his prime. Both bids were from teams not playing for this year. Is Giavotella worth freezing at $10 in 2013? He probably isn't, but it's probably worth taking the plunge at this point to see whether that's the case or not.
Pat Neshek $1
Neshek has been very good so far in middle relief for the A's. He's unlikely to wind up closing, but as I've said many times before in this space, the A's look past the "proven closer" label far more than any other organization in baseball, with the possible exception of the Rays.
Kottaras provides some decent pop, particularly for a back-up catcher, but his batting average is a definite negative. The A's are pretty committed to trying out Derek Norris behind the dish, so Kottaras has limited value even for A.L.-only. He sat in the free agent pool in this league since he came over from the N.L. a few weeks ago: a sign that his value even in a deep league just isn't that high.
Aaron Loup $1
Loup was a starting pitcher at Tulane during his college days, but has pretty much pitched in the bullpen as a professional. He's been a pro for four years, but finally got the call about a month ago. Since then, he has been terrific. For Roto, he's not worth it unless you're in an old school 4x4; the strikeouts aren't quite enough to recommend Loup in leagues that don't count whiffs.
Norberto is a solid enough reliever as long as he throws strikes. That's been the problem, though; he's struggled with walks at just about every level. Sure enough, Norberto struggled once again with free passes at the beginning of 2012. He has been great the last two months and could be an asset in a bullpen that currently is in flux. This isn't a bad speculative add at this price.
Quintin Berry. Claimed by 12th and 6th place teams.
Berry offers pretty good speed, but you can't steal bases from the bench and the return of Andy Dirks has severely cut into Berry's playing time. He's a bench/spot start option in A.L.-only.
Zach McAllister. Claimed by 11th, 10th and 3rd place teams.
McAllister has struggled somewhat this month, but his overall numbers are pretty good and I think he could become a steady back-of-the-rotation mainstay for the Tribe. You can pick up him and let it ride, though I think he's match-up dependent in all save for the deepest of leagues.
Sam Fuld. Claimed by 6th place team.
Fuld hasn't played a lot, but even without significant PT he has been stealing bases. If you really need a SB boost in A.L.-only, he's worth a roll of the dice, with the caveat that he could disappear at any time.
Elliot Johnson. Claimed by 2nd place team.
What a great claim...two months ago. Like Fuld, Johnson has the potential to provide some serious SB, even off of the bench. Unlike Fuld, Johnson hasn't hit well enough to get on base and is starting to disappear as the Rays get closer to the title. His multi positional eligibility makes him a tad more intriguing in A.L.-only, but he obviously has to play.