This article is part of our AL FAAB Factor series.This is our weekly look at the free agents in each league. We have two goals for this article:
- Identify likely free agents and discuss their strengths and weaknesses.
- Try to estimate how much of your free agent budget you should bid on them.
One size doesn't fit all, and we could never hope to encompass all league structures, so we have to have a set of base assumptions. Those assumptions are:
- League size of 12 players (either NL or Mixed, we'll specify)
- 5x5 categories
- Each team has a $100 FAAB budget
Brandon McCarthy – McCarthy has been terrifically mediocre for the better part of his major league career, and his inability to stay healthy often derailed any progress he would start to make. He was named the Athletics' fifth starter in spring training and has taken full advantage of the opportunity so far this season. Through 30 innings over his first four starts,
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