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 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. We are targeting next week (July 19) for a return to the usual FAAB Factor format.
Matt Andriese / Jaime Barria / Felix Pena, Angels: A number of teams suddenly have some big COVID-related question marks in their rotations, either due to positive tests or players opting out of the season. In the case of the Angels, a team that had already said it wanted to use a six-man rotation to ease Shohei Ohtani's workload, that just creates even more chaos, and more opportunity. With Julio Teheran still away from camp for undisclosed reasons, and Patrick Sandoval not reporting until Thursday and thus well behind his rotation mates, there could be a lot of innings that need to be covered over the first couple weeks. Pena