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.
Reynaldo Lopez, White Sox: Lopez is one of those frustrating pitchers who, by old measures, seems to have everything he needs to be an ace. His stuff lacks spin, though, and is thus more hittable than it "should" be. Last year was a rough one for the right-hander, but even as his ERA and WHIP tanked, his K/9 and swinging strike rate took a step forward. Lopez has been putting in work to