AL FAAB Factor: Early July Update

AL FAAB Factor: Early July Update

This article is part of our AL FAAB Factor series.

Normally on Sundays, I'd be writing and posting the AL FAAB article, highlighting and analyzing players who are worth picking up (or occasionally, trying to talk you out of throwing too much of your budget at a player likely to draw high bids). However, with the MLB season getting a very delayed start, we're probably still a week or two away from even the leagues that drafted back in March holding any FAAB or waiver periods.

That doesn't mean, however, that there aren't players and roster situations worth discussing in the meantime. Each week until the season is finally ready to begin, we'll take a look at players gaining or losing value, to prepare you for that eventual first FAAB period.

Starting Pitcher

Bryan Abreu / Austin Pruitt / Framber Valdez, Astros: With teams back in camp and real news about players doing real baseball things coming down the pipe again, it's important to remember not to overreact to things like early absences. Nonetheless, both Jose Urquidy and Josh James have yet to report for undisclosed reasons, and if both end up being unavailable for 2020, Houston's pitching depth could be tested. Abreu, Pruitt and Valdez are considered the most obvious options to step in to any vacancy (or work as long relievers/swing men/sixth starters), but Pruitt has experience in a variety of roles from his time in Tampa and is probably not the best fit for a regular starting spot. Valdez has had flashes of success in

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Erik Siegrist
Erik Siegrist is an FSWA award-winning columnist who covers all four major North American sports (that means the NHL, not NASCAR) and whose beat extends back to the days when the Nationals were the Expos and the Thunder were the Sonics. He was the inaugural champion of Rotowire's Staff Keeper baseball league. His work has also appeared at Baseball Prospectus.
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