Regan's Rumblings: Injured Players to Consider

Regan's Rumblings: Injured Players to Consider

This article is part of our Regan's Rumblings series.

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If you're in a keeper/dynasty league that allows free-agent pickups before the season starts, here are some players to consider trading for or picking up.  Why not burn roster spots on injured guys with upside?

Tommy John Surgeries

Andres Munoz, RP, Padres
Est. Return: June 1, 2021

Rostering injured relievers normally isn't a great idea, but while you'd have to be in a pretty deep dynasty league to keep Munoz, it might be worth it. He's still just 22 and averaged a ridiculous 99.9 mph with his fastball in an uneven 2019 debut (11.7 K/9, but a 3.91 ERA and 4.3 BB/9). Munoz has shutdown reliever upside, and with Kirby Yates headed toward free agency after this season, perhaps Munoz gets his shot at saves later in 2021.

Noah Syndergaard, SP, Mets/Chris Sale, SP, Red Sox
Est. Returns: June 1, 2021

Not all Tommy John survivors make it back and thrive, but Syndergaard and Sale both could be good bets to return to their former top levels. Syndergaard's

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David Regan
David Regan is a six-time Fantasy Sports Writers Association award winner, including the 2015 Baseball Article of the Year and the 2010 Baseball Writer of the Year.
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