NL FAAB Factor: Wainwright Returns
NL FAAB Factor: Wainwright Returns

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

This is the final column of the year, so any suggestions/comments/criticism/praise, please email or

Starting Pitcher

Jorge Lopez, Brewers – Lopez, selected 70th overall by Milwaukee in 2011, struggled from 2012-14, but he turned it around this year, as he was named the Southern League's Most Outstanding Pitcher by posting a 2.26 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, 137:52 K:BB and excellent GB/FB ratio in 143.1 innings with Double-A Biloxi. Lopez will start Tuesday against the Padres, as he tries to make a late-season impression for 2016. One other name to look at for the future is Adrian Houser, who came over to Milwaukee in the Carlos Gomez deal and is likely a year away from contending for a rotation spot. Mixed: $1; NL: $4.

Injury activations/updates:

Homer Bailey, Reds – Bailey, who had Tommy John surgery on May 4, has been throwing for the past few weeks and completed another session Friday. He tossed three sets from 75 feet, showing more velocity than expected. Bailey was limited to two starts this year, going 0-1

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