This article is part of our AL FAAB Factor series.
This is our weekly look at American 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 $100 starting free-agent budget you should bid on them.
We've incorporated grids into the FAAB articles, so users can easily see at a glance how certain players stack up against others and how much they should command in a variety of formats.
The grids, which are sortable by column (click on the header), include a very basic "player grade" column. This serves as a reflection of a player's skills and role on an A-E scale. Shohei Ohtani would have been an "A" grade player last year – that mark will be reserved for similarly high-impact prospects stepping into an everyday role.
Given the nature of the 2020 season and the abbreviated "summer camp", trying to figure out which players are going to win certain job battles or emerge in significant roles prior to Opening Day is even more of an adventure than usual. As a result, bids should be viewed as suggestions rather than hard recommendations, and the specifics of your own league and roster situation should take precedence. If there is a player or situation that was not discussed in the article that you would like to know about, feel free to ask about them in the comments.
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