Monday, September 03, 2012

N.L. FAAB Log: September 3, 2012

Jose Tabata $12. Other bids: $5, $0.
Tabata returned from a groin injury this week and picked up a significant amount of playing time for the Pirates but didn't do much with it (to be fair, he's not quite 100%). With the Pirates in a play-off race, Tabata either has to produce or will lose PT down the stretch for the Bucs. The $0 bid was a cute non-contender play (Tabata's salary would have jumped to $10), but given how unproductive Tabata has been in 2012, I'm not even sure he's a 2013 play at this point. This is a move you make if you're desperate for stolen bases and contending this year...and that doesn't necessarily make this a good move.

Tyler Cloyd $10
Cloyd was profiled in this week's Gearing Up. As noted in that space, this isn't a bad two-start play this week, particularly if your primary focus is wins.

Justin Maxwell $5
A finger injury kept Maxwell off the field for a little over a week, but he's back in action now. Maxwell has been plenty productive when he has played, and he should continue to provide sneaky HR/SB in N.L.-only formats regardless of how much playing time he does get.

Matt Dominguez $5
Don't look now, but PCL flameout Dominguez is having a pretty hot week and picking up a good chunk of at bats at the hot corner for the Astros. He's highly unlikely to keep this up, but as long as Dominguez is hitting he's a fine add in N.L.-only for teams looking to speculate, particularly on power.

Trevor Rosenthal $5
A starter in the minors, Rosenthal has excelled in a bullpen role for the Cardinals in the Majors. While everyone was waiting on Shelby Miller to be the big breakout star for St. Louis, Rosenthal broke out of the gates fast and got the call before his more heralded teammate. Rosenthal has a fast fastball and a good/very good slider and just needs refinement on a third pitch if he's going to stick as a starter in 2013 and beyond. Another possibility is that Rosenthal stays in the pen long term. Either way, this is a name you need to know if you're playing for the future.

Fernando Martinez $4
Martinez was a heralded Mets prospect not so long ago, but a series of injuries and disappointing performances knocked him off the charts real fast. Now an Astro, Martinez had a decent minor league season but hasn't done much in the Majors yet, Despite the three big league home runs, Martinez has been otherwise unimpressive and his terrible whiff rate speaks to some regression. Martinez could defy the odds and perform down the stretch, but a fall off the BA cliff is far more likely.

Jeff Bianchi $3
Bianchi is a fringe Major Leaguer. He offers some speed but not enough else to justify a starting slot in the Majors and his future is probably as a bench option. He has been getting some playing time recently up the middle and is a borderline add in N.L.-only if he does keep taking the field.

Brandon League $3. Other bids $2, $0.
League was also profiled in this week's Gearing Up. He's a steal at $3 for a contender in this league and with the way Don Mattingly used the pen this weekend, my initial assessment could be wrong and it might be League - and not Ronald Belisario - who gets the closer gig in L.A. and runs with it.

Brock Holt $2
Holt offers some speed and destroyed AAA pitching after a mid-season promotion this year, but is merely bench fodder/insurance in N.L.-only. He has some speed but I wouldn't make this play if I were playing for 2012.

Ricky Nolasco $0
Profiled in this week's Gearing Up.

Santiago Casilla $0
Casilla is worth a gamble as a potential closer play for 2013, but right now he doesn't look like a viable option for a contender.

Hector Sanchez $0
Still considered Buster Posey's long-term replacement by some (when Posey moves to first base or another position), Sanchez has had a terrible year with the bat in limited at bats for the Giants. He's best left on the waiver wire unless you have an absolute dead spot at catcher.

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