This article is part of our AL FAAB Factor series.This is our weekly look at American League free agents. We have two goals for this article:
1. Identify likely free agents and discuss their strengths and weaknesses.
2. Estimate how much of your free-agent budget you should bid on them.
One size does not fit all, and we could never hope to encompass all league structures, so bids are based on:
• 12-team league (either AL or Mixed, we'll specify)
• 5x5 categories
• $100 FAAB budget
Roenis Elias, Mariners – With Hisashi Iwakuma going to the DL with a shoulder strain, the Mariners will call up Elias on Sunday from Triple-A Tacoma to take his spot in the rotation. Iwakuma is expected to miss 2-4 weeks, which means Elias has at most a handful of starts to help out owners. Last season he had a 3.85 ERA (4.10 FIP) with 143 strikeouts and 64 walks over 163.2 IP. This season at Tacoma he hasn't been nearly as effective, with a 8.04
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