This article is part of our NL FAAB Factor series.This is our weekly look at National 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 NL or Mixed, we'll specify)
• 5x5 categories
• $100 FAAB budget
A.J. Cole, Nationals – Cole has been up and down this season, making a spot start in April (in which he was pounded), as well as two relief appearances in May. He will be called back up to replace Stephen Strasburg (neck) in the rotation. Cole pitched Friday for Triple-A Syracuse, so he is aligned perfectly to replace Strasburg in the Nationals' rotation. He may only make two starts before getting sent back down, but that depends on if Strasburg wi
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