This article is part of our MLB FAAB Factor series.
This FAAB article is in addition to the AL and NL FAAB articles that run Sunday. Bids are based on a $100 FAAB budget. Throughout the season, this column will have two goals:
1. Identify FAAB targets for fantasy managers in leagues with Thursday FAAB.
2. Offer a preview of FAAB targets ahead of Sunday's columns.
The Rays called up another top prospect in Vidal Brujan to serve as the 27th man in Wednesday's doubleheader. Although he was sent down following the twin bill, he could return at some point and is one of several position players who could offer fantasy value ahead of the All-Star break. A handful of teams have also shuffled their closers recently, so there are plenty of relievers who could provide additional saves, at least in the near future.
Kwang Hyun Kim, Cardinals: Kim had been charged with losses in five of six starts between mid-May and mid-July, but he's been more effective recently and has picked up back-to-back wins in his last pair of starts. During that time, the southpaw has allowed one run on six hits and five walks while striking out seven in 12 innings. Kim should make one more start against the faltering Cubs prior to the All-Star break and could provide value during the second half of the season. FAAB: $7
Shane Baz, Rays: Fantasy managers searching for a starter to stash for the second half could find one in Baz, who was promoted to Triple-A