Monday, August 20, 2012

N.L. FAAB Log: August 20, 2012

Rob Brantly $10
The "other" part of the Anibal Sanchez/Omar Infante deal, Brantly profiles as a potential Major League starter in a best-case scenario. Scouts worried that Brantly would never hit for power as a professional, and for the most part he hasn't. That makes him problematic at a $10 keeper bid. For this year, he could continue splitting time with John Buck as the Marlins re-tool and try and decide whether or not Brantly is part of their plans in 2013.

Jon Rauch $5
Rauch came in last week and cleaned up a couple of Frank Francisco's messes, leading some to wonder whether or not Rauch could swap roles with Francisco. Neither pitcher is very good so don't get your hopes up with Rauch. Maybe he'll get saves, maybe he won't. Closers-in-waiting are even more fickle than closers.

Sean Marshall $2
Aroldis Chapman is locked in as closer, but Marshall has done his usual thing: putting up fine ERA/WHIP/strikeouts in a middle relief role. He should be owned in N.L.-only and deeper mixed leagues.

Tom Layne $2
Layne is yet another in the long list of no-name, middle relief arms that the Padres continue to find in the minors. Petco and the strikeouts make him worth playing, but Dale Thayer's temporary hold on the closer job should be safe.

Brian Petersen $1. Other bid $0
Petersen had a window to grab playing time down the stretch for the Marlins but had a pretty putrid run in center field the last couple of weeks. The Marlins are now going to try Emilio Bonifacio in center, which probably puts Petersen back on the bench. He is fast, so you could try him for steals in N.L.-only and hope to get lucky.

Reed Johnson $1
Johnson's empty batting average was slightly more appealing in Chicago, where he was playing a few times a week for the Cubs. With Atlanta, Johnson is firmly planted on the bench and is a pinch hitter/defensive replacement. Pass.

Mark Kotsay $0
Bench player for the Padres. Virtually no value.

Andrew Brown $0
Brown has always provided good power in the minors, but he has never been seen as a prospect and has never received that lucky break where he gets 150-200 at bats in the Majors to prove his value. He has a slightly better chance to do that now with the Rockies, but he remains buried on their depth chart. If you're playing for next year, you can roll the dice and stash this lottery ticket, but I think nothing comes of it.

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