This article is part of our AL FAAB Factor series.
Normally on Sundays, I'd be writing and posting the AL FAAB article, highlighting and analyzing players who are worth picking up (or occasionally, trying to talk you out of throwing too much of your budget at a player likely to draw high bids). In fact, this would already have been the third FAAB Factor of the year. Insert crying emoji here.
However, with the MLB season held in suspended animation like a bug in amber, there are no FAAB or waiver periods to worry about. At least I hope not — there are probably a couple of leagues out there that drafted early and might be plowing ahead anyway, but spending any portion of your budget now would just be silly, when things as fundamental as the number of games to be played and the size of big-league rosters are still up in the air.
That doesn't mean, however, that there aren't players and roster situations worth discussing in the meantime. I looked at the Tout Wars (held March 14) and LABR AL-only (held Feb. 29) auctions, and specifically at the players who were cheap and/or endgame buys ($3 or less), as well as those who would up on reserve lists — or who I thought were conspicuously absent from anybody's reserve list — to see if any jumped out as potential values or are otherwise worth talking about.
If there are other players or roster spots you're looking for another perspective on, please chime in below in the comments.