AL FAAB Factor: Late-April Update

AL FAAB Factor: Late-April Update

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). 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's probably a couple of leagues out there that drafted early and might be plowing ahead anyway, but spending any portion of your budget right now would just be silly, when things as fundamental as the number of games that will 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. Each week until the season is finally ready to begin, we'll take a look at players gaining or losing value, to prepare you for that eventual first FAAB period.

Starting Pitcher

J.A. Happ, Yankees: Happ is kind of the forgotten man in the Yankees' rotation, and the veteran southpaw was one of the pitchers hurt worst in 2019 by the happy fun ball – he posted a 1.90 HR/9 that was more than half a homer per nine higher than the year before. His struggles were telegraphed last spring, though, when six long balls in 11.1 innings led to a 7.94 ERA. It's therefore

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Erik Siegrist
Erik Siegrist is an FSWA award-winning columnist who covers all four major North American sports (that means the NHL, not NASCAR) and whose beat extends back to the days when the Nationals were the Expos and the Thunder were the Sonics. He was the inaugural champion of Rotowire's Staff Keeper baseball league. His work has also appeared at Baseball Prospectus.
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